verb (used with object)
to convert (bare or cultivated land) into forest, originally for the purpose of providing hunting grounds.
Origin of afforest
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(tr) to plant trees on; convert into forested land
Word Origin for afforest
C15: from Medieval Latin afforestāre, from forestis forest
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