de·​lim·​it | \ di-ˈli-mət How to pronounce delimit (audio) , dē- \
delimited; delimiting; delimits

Definition of delimit

transitive verb

: to fix or define the limits of guidelines delimiting his responsibilities an area delimited by woods

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delimitation \ di-​ˌli-​mə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce delimit (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

Examples of delimit in a Sentence

Strict guidelines delimit his responsibilities. the highway delimits the eastern edge of the downtown area
Recent Examples on the Web That gave him a way to think about the past, and also a style—history as a battle of opposites, in which the result of each skirmish shapes and delimits the possibilities for the future. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 24 Apr. 2020 Despite technological advances, biology and medicine still lack a coherent and principled understanding of what precisely defines birth and death—the two bookends that delimit life. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 11 Oct. 2019 Still, there were failures and compromises both in how authorities delimited the scope of the inquiries and in how South Africa’s post-apartheid government enacted the commission’s eventual recommendations. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 1 July 2019 The government doesn’t have very many measures to help in a situation like that, because unemployment insurance is time-delimited. Recode Staff, Recode, 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of delimit

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delimit

French délimiter, from Latin delimitare, from de- + limitare to limit, from limit-, limes boundary, limit

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The first known use of delimit was in 1852

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“Delimit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of delimit

formal : to officially set or state the limits of (something)

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