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Webster 1913 Edition


Afforest

Af-for′est

,
Verb.
T.
[LL.
afforestare
;
ad
+
forestare
. See
Forest
.]
To convert into a forest;
as, to
afforest
a tract of country
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Afforest

AFFOR'EST

,
Verb.
T.
[ad and forest.]
To convert ground into forest, as was done by the first Norman kings in England, for the purpose of affording them the pleasures of the chase.

Definition 2021


afforest

afforest

English

Verb

afforest (third-person singular simple present afforests, present participle afforesting, simple past and past participle afforested)

  1. (transitive) To make into forest
    After we leave the quarry, we intend to afforest the land and turn it into a nature reserve

Usage notes

"Afforest" once connoted bringing woodland under forest law in order to provide hunting grounds. However today the verb is more likely to connote commercial exploitation.

Synonyms

  • (to make into forest): forest

Antonyms

Derived terms

  • afforester
  • afforestment

Translations

References

  • 2005, Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson, The Oxford Dictionary of English (2nd edition revised), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198610572
  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988
  • Afforest, v.”, in OED Online, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • afforest” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.