[ dee-fawr-ist, -for- ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to divest or clear of forests or trees:

    Poor planning deforested the area in ten years.


/ diːˈfɒrɪst /


  1. tr to clear of trees Alsodisforest


/ dĭ-fôrĭst /

  1. American electrical engineer and inventor who is known as "the father of radio." He patented more than 300 inventions, including the triode electron tube, which made it possible to amplify and detect radio waves.

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Derived Forms

  • deˌforesˈtation, noun
  • deˈforester, noun

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Other Words From

  • de·forest·ation noun
  • de·forest·er noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of deforest1

First recorded in 1530–40; de- + forest

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Example Sentences

The region was systematically deforested in the 1970s as part of a development plan, but the banks of the San Pedro River escaped the bulldozers because the terrain was challenging.

Some scientists point to the 2011 Bonn Challenge, which set an initial goal of restoring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land globally by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

From Vox

Many of those fires are illegal and burned in areas that were previously deforested, the group said.

From Vox

In the year to July 2020, more than 4,200 square miles of rainforest were lost in Brazil, an increase of 47% over the amount deforested in the year to July 2018, before Bolsonaro took office.

From Time

There will be no regional economic boom by rolling back the Roadless Rule—instead, taxpayers will be paying to deforest the Tongass.

DeForest himself believed that nobody had yet written such a novel.

At that point, the erudite discussion ends while Dave and I hand over our wallets to Calvert DeForest.

Deforest Young saw the girl bound forward, and the red curls shroud the huge fisherman's face.

Hundreds of DeForest trained men are making good in the ring today.

Deforest the mountains and the water floods the streams and is wasted, crop the plains and they become a desert.

With less than 50 men I was confronting Deforest's brigade of cavalry.

The sun was far in the heavens before she stopped at the building in which Deforest Young had his office.


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