verb (used with object)
Origin of deforest
Examples from the Web for deforestation
Washington excused its employment on the grounds that U.S. forces used it for purposes of “deforestation” and not against people.Leslie H. Gelb: Obama Is Right on Chemical Warfare in Syria|Leslie H. Gelb|April 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
By June, deforestation in the rainforest region had dropped to a 23-year low, and is down 75 percent just since 2004.
Brazil is the fourth-largest greenhouse-gas emitter in the world, largely due to the deforestation of the Amazon.
My father always seemed to be traveling to some exotic place to raise awareness on deforestation issues and species protection.
There has been a big advance in the last year with the deforestation agenda.
I think the deforestation of the country is probably the cause of these terrible visitations.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2|Elizabeth Bisland
This deforestation is still going on; dead or dying trees fringe the timber still standing.Archeological Investigations|Gerard Fowke
Deforestation may result in filling a river-channel and in stopping boats a thousand miles downstream.The Spell of the Rockies|Enos A. Mills
1880 in modern sense, from de- + forest. Related: Deforested; deforesting. Disforest in the sense "to clear of trees" is from 1660s. Disafforest is attested in this sense from 1842; originally it meant "reduce from the legal status of a forest" (1590s).
The process of destroying a forest and replacing it with something else. The term is used today to refer to the destruction of forests by human beings and their replacement by agricultural systems.