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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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British Dictionary definitions for demarcates

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 demarcates

demarcate

v.

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

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