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rewild

[ree-wahyld]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to introduce (animals or plants) to their original habitat or to a habitat similar to their natural one: proposals to rewild elephants to the American plains.
  2. to return (land) to a more natural state: rewilding an unpopulated island for use as an animal preserve.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to introduce living organisms to a habitat.
  2. to return land to a less developed state.
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Origin of rewild

First recorded in 1980–85; re- + wild
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British Dictionary definitions for rewilding

rewilding

noun
  1. the practice of returning areas of land to a wild state, including the reintroduction of animal species that are no longer naturally found there
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