demarcate

verb
de·mar·cate | \di-ˈmär-ˌkāt, ˈdē-ˌ \
demarcated; demarcating

Definition of demarcate 

transitive verb

1 : delimit a plot of land demarcated by a low stone wall

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

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Other Words from demarcate

demarcation \ˌdē-ˌmär-ˈkā-shən \ noun

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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.

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Pereira visualized Risam's work by demarcating 113 ORR shelters, including nonprofit, religious, and government-run facilities, as black dots on the map. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "'ICE Is Everywhere': Using Library Science to Map the Separation Crisis," 25 June 2018 But asserting rights is easier than demarcating them. Mitchell Cohen, New York Times, "Did the Crusade for Human Rights Lead to More Inequality?," 18 May 2018 The kitchen, dining room and living room are open, with a partial wall of shelves demarcating the living space from the eating areas. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: 4 bedrooms, elevator and waterfall in $539K wooded home on northeast side," 22 June 2018 It is modestly demarcated with a slender sign resting on a cabinet and a finger puppet of Sigmund Freud and his couch propped up against it. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "The Man Who Saw the Dangers of Cambridge Analytica Years Ago," 19 June 2018 Tears suddenly become a sign of weakness, demarcated for girls, while boys are discouraged from showing vulnerability at all. Jessica Machado, chicagotribune.com, "If we don't want our sons to be monstrous men, we have to help them curb their anger," 3 June 2018 But many are old New England stone walls, put up in the 1700s and 1800s to demarcate farms and pastures. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "Non-profit aims to get girls in the game," 28 May 2018 As urban reinvention strategies go, painting new lines on pavement and installing bollards to demarcate bike lanes remains a relative cheap fix. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "New protected bike lanes on East Jefferson will be test for Detroit," 17 May 2018 Usually, that’s what line does, structuring a composition by demarcating the contours of objects and enabling us to distinguish solid forms from the empty space around them. David Pagel, latimes.com, "Laurie Nye paints her way to Venus. You can join the ride," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of demarcate

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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demarcate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of demarcate

: to show the limits or edges of (something)

demarcate

transitive verb
de·mar·cate | \di-ˈmär-ˌkāt, ˈdē-ˌ \
demarcated; demarcating

Medical Definition of demarcate 

1 : to mark or determine the limits of

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

Other Words from demarcate

demarcation also demarkation \ˌdē-ˌmär-ˈkā-shən \ noun

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