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[ree-fawr-ist, -for-] /riˈfɔr ɪst, -ˈfɒr-/
verb (used with object)
to replant trees on (land denuded by cutting or fire).
Origin of reforest
1880-85; re- + forest
Related forms
reforestation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reforest
  • Buy up all the countries and reforest all the land that was burned off.
  • The trees can be used to establish windbreaks, develop wildlife habitat, or reforest small areas.
  • The well-distributed concept is to be applied only when evaluating efforts to reforest after harvesting.
  • Helps landowners reforest their land by cost sharing for site preparation, trees, and planting.
  • Need to reforest sites with heavy-textured or poorly drained soils.
  • Owners must indicate on the permit how they intend to reforest the property.
  • reforest burned conifer stands and move toward longer-term desired conditions.
  • Report the expenses you incurred during the tax year for planting seedlings or sowing seed to reforest the land.
  • We will also be planting tree seedlings to help reforest the woods.
British Dictionary definitions for reforest


(transitive) to replant (an area that was formerly forested)
Derived Forms
reafforestation, reforestation, noun


(transitive) another word for reafforest
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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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