[ uh-fawr-ist, uh-for- ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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

Other words from afforest

  • af·for·est·a·tion, af·for·est·ment, noun

Words Nearby afforest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use afforest in a sentence

  • To re-afforest the disafforested wilderness has of late occupied the thoughts of the thoughtful in our country.

    The South Isles of Aran | Oliver J. Burke

British Dictionary definitions for afforest


/ (əˈfɒrɪst) /

  1. (tr) to plant trees on; convert into forested land

Origin of afforest

C15: from Medieval Latin afforestāre, from forestis forest

Derived forms of afforest

  • afforestation, noun

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