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[uh-fawr-ist, uh-for-] /əˈfɔr ɪst, əˈfɒr-/
verb (used with object)
to convert (bare or cultivated land) into forest, originally for the purpose of providing hunting grounds.
Origin of afforest
1495-1505; < Medieval Latin afforēstāre, equivalent to af- af- + forēst(is) forest + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
afforestation, afforestment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for afforestation
  • The former agricultural areas you are considering for afforestation are more than likely low and wet.
  • For this reason, research was initiated in afforestation in the field.
  • afforestation dominates mitigation at higher prices in the early to middle years.
British Dictionary definitions for afforestation


(transitive) to plant trees on; convert into forested land
Derived Forms
afforestation, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin afforestāre, from forestisforest
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