[uh-fawr-ist, uh-for-]

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 formsaf·for·est·a·tion, af·for·est·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for afforest



(tr) to plant trees on; convert into forested land
Derived Formsafforestation, noun

Word Origin for afforest

C15: from Medieval Latin afforestāre, from forestis forest
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