afforest

[uh-fawr-ist, uh-for-]

verb (used with object)

to convert (bare or cultivated land) into forest, originally for the purpose of providing hunting grounds.

Nearby words

  1. afflux,
  2. affogato,
  3. afford,
  4. affordable,
  5. affordable care act,
  6. afforestation,
  7. affranchise,
  8. affray,
  9. affrayer,
  10. affreight

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 afforestation

afforest

verb

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

Word Origin for afforest

C15: from Medieval Latin afforestāre, from forestis forest

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