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demarcate Syllabification: de·mar·cate
Pronunciation: /dēˈmärˌkāt/
(also demarkate)

Definition of demarcate in English:


[with object]
1Set the boundaries or limits of: plots of land demarcated by barbed wire
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  • The first phase ran from 2000 to 2002 and entailed the establishment and stabilisation of municipalities along newly demarcated boundaries.
  • Both countries agreed to hold more talks on demarcating their sea boundaries as early as next month.
  • The troops are supposed to monitor the buffer zone while an international boundary commission demarcates the disputed 1 000 km.
1.1Separate or distinguish from: art was being demarcated from the more objective science
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  • The strength of the working class emerges the more it politically differentiates, separates and demarcates itself from the policies and programs of the bourgeoisie.
  • Here we present a noninvasive method for precisely demarcating the hormonally distinct phases of the menstrual cycle.
  • Computerized instruments are advertised as tools that break down the barriers separating previously demarcated musical tasks.
separate, divide, mark (out/off), delimit, delineate;


Early 19th century: back-formation from demarcation.

Words that rhyme with demarcate

defalcate • cheapskate

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