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Examples of demarcate in a Sentence
The plot of land is demarcated by a low brick wall.
Recent Examples of demarcate from the Web
America’s rush to cut a deal with Russia in the south, the first of the zones to be formally demarcated, is partly a test of Moscow’s sincerity.
Its home city of Dandong faces the North Korean city of Sinuiju over the Yalu River, which demarcates the border between the two countries.
A border once demarcated by watchtowers and manned by soldiers has completely disappeared.
Members of finance twitter have also joined in the fun, coming up with acronyms of their own to demarcate the outperformers.
Lanes are being painted green, and in some cases demarcated by broader, striped buffer zones — another approach that experts say better alerts motorists to watch out for cyclists and stay out of lanes designated for them.
Piles of rocks, laid by farmers, demarcated the flooded borders.
Only a collection of tropes meant to demarcate a notion of story bound together by theme.
A September 1992 skirmish on the Saudi-Qatari border that left three people dead illustrated the pitfalls of the longstanding failure to properly demarcate Qatar’s only land boundary.
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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
DEMARCATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of demarcate for English Language Learners
: to show the limits or edges of (something)
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