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[ree-fawr-ist, -for-] /riˈfɔr ɪst, -ˈfɒr-/
verb (used with object)
to replant trees on (land denuded by cutting or fire).
Origin of reforest
First recorded in 1880-85; re- + forest
Related forms
reforestation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for reforest
Historical Examples
  • Another early attempt to assist in forest conservation was an attempt to reforest the treeless plains of our Western States.

    Our National Forests Richard H. Douai Boerker
  • He said, "They are growing those little trees to reforest the desolate, burned over regions of the Adirondacks."

    The Children's Six Minutes Bruce S. Wright
  • The shortleaf pine will reforest the old areas, and spread over a widening territory, if only it is given a chance.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • It would take a hundred years to reforest those acres denuded of their timber by the fire of a few days.

    The Young Forester Zane Grey
  • The only remedy is for the government to buy the land at the head-waters of the rivers and reforest it.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for reforest


(transitive) another word for reafforest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for reforest

"to restore to a wooded condition," 1831, from re- "back, again" + verb use of forest (n.). Related: Reforested; reforesting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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