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English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /əˈfɒrɪst/
  • (US) IPA: /əˈfɔrɪst/, /əˈfɒrɪst/

Etymology

First attested in the 16th century. From Mediaeval Latin afforēstō < ad (towards) + forēsta (forest)

Verb

Infinitive
to afforest

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to afforest (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  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.

Quotations

Synonyms

  • (to make into forest): forest

Antonyms

Derived terms

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 University Press, 1989.
  • afforest” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.

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