Definition of demarcate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Set the boundaries or limits of.

    ‘plots of land demarcated by barbed wire’
    • ‘Ten percent of all the land is demarcated by the government for private ownership and most of that is located in the cities.’
    • ‘Anthropology has always been a discipline of small communities, the investigation of local worlds demarcated by geographic as well as social boundaries.’
    • ‘The troops are supposed to monitor the buffer zone while an international boundary commission demarcates the disputed 1 000 km.’
    • ‘The Government has demarcated plots to each family so that they become self - sufficient when they start growing their own food.’
    • ‘Indian officials believe the British-administered Sindh and the Kutch state had signed an agreement in 1914 which had demarcated the boundary midway through Sir Creek.’
    • ‘Sam said the markings demarcated the municipal boundaries and allowed the photographers to stitch the pictures together to complete the maps.’
    • ‘Both countries agreed to hold more talks on demarcating their sea boundaries as early as next month.’
    • ‘The City of Johannesburg plans to reverse the urban sprawl by demarcating a fixed urban boundary, encouraging denser suburbs, and implementing zoning regulations more strictly.’
    • ‘Four towers, originally built to demarcate the boundaries of Bangalore, are now very much inside city limits.’
    • ‘By why not tape off or somehow demarcate a clear boundary as to where people who live here can stroll and stand and where they can't?’
    • ‘The Act did not only attempt to demarcate land that would be reserved for Africans.’
    • ‘This requires new ways of thinking about partition and division, re-negotiating the physical traces used to demarcate territorial boundaries.’
    • ‘The first phase ran from 2000 to 2002 and entailed the establishment and stabilisation of municipalities along newly demarcated boundaries.’
    • ‘Southern borders in Italy were demarcated grandly with boundary markers.’
    • ‘To this end Moscow demarcated new political boundaries, entitling each ethnic group to a nation of its own.’
    • ‘Solving the border dispute may be difficult, despite progress in recent years at demarcating the boundary, which straddles the Himalayan mountain range.’
    • ‘Each member's plot is demarcated with either a fence or an uncultivated strip of land.’
    • ‘The traditional leaders are concerned that the newly demarcated municipal boundaries will infringe on their autonomy in traditional areas.’
    • ‘The Third Republic demarcated the boundaries of the mutineers' political imagination.’
    • ‘Each plot was numbered and boundaries clearly demarcated.’
    1. 1.1 Separate or distinguish from.
      ‘art was being demarcated from the more objective science’
      • ‘Each phase, though not distinctly demarcated from the others, produces its own set of specific markers.’
      • ‘Therefore, we would like to demarcate our products by launching different product lines.’
      • ‘Computerized instruments are advertised as tools that break down the barriers separating previously demarcated musical tasks.’
      • ‘The solid line demarcates the boundary between rolling adhesion and firm adhesion at a standard set of conditions.’
      • ‘For later reference, the dentists were provided with a set of 6 color pictures of different types of demarcated enamel defects.’
      • ‘Consuming the local also serves to demarcate and differentiate the ‘traveller’ from the ‘tourist’ who is mocked for seeing India through the window of a bus.’
      • ‘With the vast expansion of scientific knowledge in this century however, it's become clear that human populations are not unambiguous, clearly demarcated, biologically distinct groups.’
      • ‘The boundary between the epidermis and dermis is demarcated by a thin membrane and by complex structures which ensure tight anchorage of each to the other.’
      • ‘It seems to me that this very shift towards appraisal of the cultural past demarcates the newly emerging boundaries of contemporaneity.’
      • ‘As we will show, edges represent intersections demarcated by different aspects of timing, dosage, and duration.’
      • ‘Those who died were buried in a separate plague cemetery in the grounds, in graves demarcated only by numbers.’
      • ‘The strength of the working class emerges the more it politically differentiates, separates and demarcates itself from the policies and programs of the bourgeoisie.’
      • ‘The book is divided into ten parts with each part divided into clearly demarcated sub-sections allowing ready reference.’
      • ‘The other is inextricably connected to the realm of human existence and demarcates the ways in which human life differentiates itself from nature.’
      • ‘Here we present a noninvasive method for precisely demarcating the hormonally distinct phases of the menstrual cycle.’
      • ‘By defining criminal activity as deviation, his solutions demarcate knowledge as separate from violent power.’
      • ‘Over time, the lines that demarcate different approaches have become more visible.’
      • ‘She also layers her automatic drawings to varying degrees so you get what appears to be a virtual three dimensional space demarcated by different colours.’
      • ‘I will begin by demarcating briefly some of the differences.’
      separate, divide, mark, mark off, mark out, delimit, distinguish, differentiate, delineate
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Early 19th century: back-formation from demarcation.