[uh-fawr-ist, uh-for-]
verb (used with object)
to convert (bare or cultivated land) into forest, originally for the purpose of providing hunting grounds.

1495–1505; < Medieval Latin afforēstāre, equivalent to af- af- + forēst(is) forest + -āre infinitive suffix

afforestation, afforestment, noun Unabridged
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afforest (əˈfɒrɪst)
(tr) to plant trees on; convert into forested land
[C15: from Medieval Latin afforestāre, from forestisforest]

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Example sentences
The landowner may opt to afforest to capture a higher periodic annual payment.
Interface afforest and agriculture in nonpoint pollution control.
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