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[uh-fawr-ist, uh-for-] /əˈfɔr ɪst, əˈfɒr-/
verb (used with object)
to convert (bare or cultivated land) into forest, originally for the purpose of providing hunting grounds.
Origin of afforest
1495-1505; < Medieval Latin afforēstāre, equivalent to af- af- + forēst(is) forest + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
afforestation, afforestment, noun Unabridged
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  • Irrigation and afforestation are both necessary for the successful development of the West.

    Our First Half-Century Government of Queensland
  • In this matter of afforestation, Scanno continues its system of draconic severity.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • Tonight we'll drop you near In Guezzam, they have one of the big solar pump, afforestation developments there.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Nearly 300,000 yen had been spent in twelve months on afforestation.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • We look forward to the part that this new clothing will play in the general scheme of afforestation.

  • After the afforestation by the Conqueror, the cultivated parts yielded only one hundred and twenty-nine pounds.

  • The Forest Laws were oppressive, and for the purpose of afforestation many wrongs were committed.

    Rebuilding Britain Alfred Hopkinson
  • For instance, the question of afforestation and the necessity for keeping up a readily available supply of wood is touched on.

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
  • The topic of Piriapolis brings us to the question of afforestation.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • The Board is carrying on the afforestation of Ireland, which in many parts is almost without trees.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for afforestation


(transitive) to plant trees on; convert into forested land
Derived Forms
afforestation, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin afforestāre, from forestisforest
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