- Demarcate is defined as to separate or set clear boundaries.
- When you put up a fence to keep your neighbor's off your property and make clear where the property line is, this is an example of when you demarcate.
- When a book reviewer makes clear distinctions between light reading books he reviews and serious literature he reviews, this is an example of when he demarcates.
demarcate definition by Webster's New World
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transitive verb demarcated, demarcating
- to set or mark the limits of; delimit
- to mark the difference between; distinguish; separate
Origin: back-formation ; from demarcation
demarcate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb de·mar·cat·ed, de·mar·cat·ing, de·mar·cates
- To set the boundaries of; delimit.
- To separate clearly as if by boundaries; distinguish: demarcate categories.
Origin: Back-formation from demarcation.
- de·marˈcaˌtor noun