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demarcate

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verb de·mar·cate \di-ˈmär-ˌkāt, ˈdē-ˌ\

Simple Definition of demarcate

  • : to show the limits or edges of (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of demarcate

demarcated

demarcating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  delimit

  3. 2 :  to set apart :  distinguish <demarcate teachers as mentor, master and model teachers based on their level of education — Shanay Cadette>

demarcation

play \ˌdē-ˌmär-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of demarcate in a sentence

  1. The plot of land is demarcated by a low brick wall.



Did You Know?

Demarcate is set apart by its unique history. Scholars think it may have descended from the Italian verb marcare ("to mark"), which is itself of Germanic origin (the Old High German word for boundary, "marha," is a relative). "Marcare" is the probable source of the Spanish marcar (also "to mark"), from which comes the Spanish demarcar ("to fix the boundary of"). In 1493, a Spanish noun, demarcación, was used to name the new meridian dividing the New World territory between Spain and Portugal. Later (about 1730), English speakers began calling this boundary the "line of demarcation," and eventually we began applying that phrase to other dividing lines as well. "Demarcation" in turn gave rise to "demarcate" in the early 19th century.

Origin and Etymology of demarcate

back-formation from demarcation, from Spanish demarcación, from demarcar to delimit, from de- + marcar to mark, probably from Italian marcare, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German marha boundary — more at mark


First Known Use: 1816


Medical Dictionary

demarcate

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transitive verb de·mar·cate \di-ˈmär-ˌkāt, ˈdē-ˌ\

Medical Definition of demarcate

demarcated

;

demarcating

  1. 1:  to mark or determine the limits of

  2. 2:  to set apart clearly or distinctly as if by definite limits or boundaries

demarcation

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demarkation

\ˌdē-ˌmär-ˈkā-shən\play noun



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