"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[dih-mahr-keyt, dee-mahr-keyt] /dɪˈmɑr keɪt, ˈdi mɑrˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), demarcated, demarcating.
to determine or mark off the boundaries or limits of:
to demarcate a piece of property.
to separate distinctly:
to demarcate the lots with fences.
Origin of demarcate
1810-20; back formation from demarcation
Related forms
demarcator, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for demarcate
  • Few people yet want to demarcate where it will stop.
  • Americans have a clear outlook on values and clearly demarcate between good and evil.
  • 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.
  • Males emit a loud call to demarcate their territory and warn rivals away.
  • 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


verb (transitive)
to mark, fix, or draw the boundaries, limits, etc, of
to separate or distinguish between (areas with unclear boundaries)
Derived Forms
demarcator, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for demarcate

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for demarcate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for demarcate

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for demarcate