[ uh-fawr-ist, uh-for- ]
/ əˈfɔr ɪst, əˈfɒr- /
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verb (used with object)
to convert (bare or cultivated land) into forest, originally for the purpose of providing hunting grounds.
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Origin of afforest
OTHER WORDS FROM afforestaf·for·est·a·tion, af·for·est·ment, noun
Words nearby afforest
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Example sentences from the Web for afforest
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) /
(tr) to plant trees on; convert into forested land
Derived forms of afforestafforestation, noun
Word Origin for afforest
C15: from Medieval Latin afforestāre, from forestis forest
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