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afforest

[ 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

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
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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

afforest
/ (əˈfɒrɪst) /

verb

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

Derived forms of afforest

afforestation, noun

Word Origin for afforest

C15: from Medieval Latin afforestāre, from forestis forest
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