[ree-fawr-ist, -for-]

verb (used with object)

to replant trees on (land denuded by cutting or fire).

Origin of reforest

First recorded in 1880–85; re- + forest
Related formsre·for·est·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reforest

Historical Examples of reforest

  • Another early attempt to assist in forest conservation was an attempt to reforest the treeless plains of our Western States.

    Our National Forests

    Richard H. Douai Boerker

  • He said, "They are growing those little trees to reforest the desolate, burned over regions of the Adirondacks."

  • The shortleaf pine will reforest the old areas, and spread over a widening territory, if only it is given a chance.

  • It would take a hundred years to reforest those acres denuded of their timber by the fire of a few days.

  • The only remedy is for the government to buy the land at the head-waters of the rivers and reforest it.

    Checking the Waste

    Mary Huston Gregory

British Dictionary definitions for reforest



(tr) another word for reafforest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for reforest

"to restore to a wooded condition," 1831, from re- "back, again" + verb use of forest (n.). Related: Reforested; reforesting.

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