Definition of demarcate in English:


(also demarkate)

Pronunciation: /dēˈmärˌkāt//ˈdēmärˌkāt/


  • 1 Set the boundaries or limits of.

    ‘plots of land demarcated by barbed wire’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Ten percent of all the land is demarcated by the government for private ownership and most of that is located in the cities.’
    • ‘Solving the border dispute may be difficult, despite progress in recent years at demarcating the boundary, which straddles the Himalayan mountain range.’
    • ‘This requires new ways of thinking about partition and division, re-negotiating the physical traces used to demarcate territorial boundaries.’
    • ‘Each plot was numbered and boundaries clearly demarcated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both countries agreed to hold more talks on demarcating their sea boundaries as early as next month.’
    • ‘The Government has demarcated plots to each family so that they become self - sufficient when they start growing their own food.’
    • ‘The Third Republic demarcated the boundaries of the mutineers' political imagination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The troops are supposed to monitor the buffer zone while an international boundary commission demarcates the disputed 1 000 km.’
    • ‘Four towers, originally built to demarcate the boundaries of Bangalore, are now very much inside city limits.’
    • ‘The Act did not only attempt to demarcate land that would be reserved for Africans.’
    • ‘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 first phase ran from 2000 to 2002 and entailed the establishment and stabilisation of municipalities along newly demarcated boundaries.’
    • ‘Sam said the markings demarcated the municipal boundaries and allowed the photographers to stitch the pictures together to complete the maps.’
    • ‘Anthropology has always been a discipline of small communities, the investigation of local worlds demarcated by geographic as well as social boundaries.’
    1. 1.1 Separate or distinguish from.
      ‘art was being demarcated from the more objective science’
      • ‘I will begin by demarcating briefly some of the differences.’
      • ‘Computerized instruments are advertised as tools that break down the barriers separating previously demarcated musical tasks.’
      • ‘Those who died were buried in a separate plague cemetery in the grounds, in graves demarcated only by numbers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For later reference, the dentists were provided with a set of 6 color pictures of different types of demarcated enamel defects.’
      • ‘Over time, the lines that demarcate different approaches have become more visible.’
      • ‘By defining criminal activity as deviation, his solutions demarcate knowledge as separate from violent power.’
      • ‘Each phase, though not distinctly demarcated from the others, produces its own set of specific markers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Therefore, we would like to demarcate our products by launching different product lines.’
      • ‘Here we present a noninvasive method for precisely demarcating the hormonally distinct phases of the menstrual cycle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The other is inextricably connected to the realm of human existence and demarcates the ways in which human life differentiates itself from nature.’
      • ‘As we will show, edges represent intersections demarcated by different aspects of timing, dosage, and duration.’
      • ‘It seems to me that this very shift towards appraisal of the cultural past demarcates the newly emerging boundaries of contemporaneity.’
      • ‘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 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 solid line demarcates the boundary between rolling adhesion and firm adhesion at a standard set of conditions.’
      separate, divide, mark, mark off, mark out, delimit, distinguish, differentiate, delineate
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Early 19th century: back-formation from demarcation.