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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
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  • In two places in the text the word "reforestration" was corrected to "reforestation."


    Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The lodge-pole pine is Nature's selected agent for reforestation.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • There are good reasons why white oak should be much used in reforestation.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam
  • It also provides for the reforestation of the lands as occasion may require.

  • It is the duty of the State to all the States to start a system of reforestation.

  • On the other hand, the matter of reforestation cannot be left to private owners.

    The School Book of Forestry

    Charles Lathrop Pack
  • reforestation is essential so that the National Forests can effectively discharge this function.

    Our National Forests Richard H. Douai Boerker
  • Since reforestation work was begun on the National Forests about 135,500 acres have been sowed or planted.

    Our National Forests Richard H. Douai Boerker
  • From these figures it is readily seen that the reforestation work on the National Forests is conducted on a large scale.

    Our National Forests Richard H. Douai Boerker
British Dictionary definitions for reforestation


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



"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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