[ ree-fawr-ist, -for- ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to replant trees on (land denuded by cutting or fire).

Origin of reforest

First recorded in 1880–85; re- + forest

Other words from reforest

  • re·for·est·a·tion [ree-fawr-uh-stey-shuhn, -for-], /riˌfɔr əˈsteɪ ʃən, -ˌfɒr-/, noun

Words Nearby reforest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reforest in a sentence

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

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

    Trees Every Child Should Know | Julia Ellen Rogers
  • He said, "They are growing those little trees to reforest the desolate, burned over regions of the Adirondacks."

    The Children's Six Minutes | Bruce S. Wright

British Dictionary definitions for reforest


/ (riːˈfɒrɪst) /

  1. (tr) another word for reafforest

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