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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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Examples from the Web for afforestation
Historical Examples
  • The topic of Piriapolis brings us to the question of afforestation.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • In this matter of afforestation, Scanno continues its system of draconic severity.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • Nearly 300,000 yen had been spent in twelve months on afforestation.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • After the afforestation by the Conqueror, the cultivated parts yielded only one hundred and twenty-nine pounds.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.)
  • Irrigation and afforestation are both necessary for the successful development of the West.

    Our First Half-Century Government of Queensland
  • A yearly sum was spent on afforestation in addition to what was laid out by the State and by private individuals.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Some prefectures, in the sincerity of their devotion to afforestation, forbid the New Year destruction of pine trees.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
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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