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demarcate

[dih-mahr-keyt, dee-mahr-keyt] /dɪˈmɑr keɪt, ˈdi mɑrˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), demarcated, demarcating.
1.
to determine or mark off the boundaries or limits of:
to demarcate a piece of property.
2.
to separate distinctly:
to demarcate the lots with fences.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; back formation from demarcation
Related forms
demarcator, noun
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  • Few people yet want to demarcate where it will stop.
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  • The urine scent marks would be used in the same way the dogs use urine to demarcate their territory.
  • We should avoid contact by all means, protect their environment, demarcate their lands and let them live their traditional lives.
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  • The land used for agriculture must also remain sustainable, you can not demarcate bits of land for unsustainable use.
  • The result of the working group will be a plan that will, in part, demarcate education materials and data for free re-use.
British Dictionary definitions for demarcate

demarcate

/ˈdiːmɑːˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to mark, fix, or draw the boundaries, limits, etc, of
2.
to separate or distinguish between (areas with unclear boundaries)
Derived Forms
demarcator, noun
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Word Origin and History for demarcate
v.

1816, back-formation from demarcation. Related: Demarcated; demarcating.

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