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terraform

[ter-uh-fawrm] /ˈtɛr əˌfɔrm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to alter the environment of (a celestial body) in order to make capable of supporting terrestrial life forms.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80; terra + form; perhaps taken as v. use of an adj. with -form as second element
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terraforming

/ˈtɛrəˌfɔːmɪŋ/
noun
1.
planetary engineering designed to enhance the capacity of an extraterrestrial planetary environment to sustain life
Word Origin
C20: from Latin terra earth + forming
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