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[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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for afforest


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

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin afforestāre, from forestis forest
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