Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To convert (open land) into a forest by planting trees or their seeds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make into forest

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To convert into a forest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To convert, as bare or cultivated land, into forest, as was done by the first Norman kings in England, for the purpose of providing themselves with hunting-grounds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. establish a forest on previously unforested land

Etymologies

Medieval Latin afforēstāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Medieval Latin forēstāre (from forēsta, forest; see forest).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in the 16th century. From Medieval Latin afforēstō, from ad ("towards") + forēsta ("forest") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A program to afforest denuded or severely eroded land has resulted in the planting of about one million trees in 70 areas subject to soil erosion.

    Land tenure and management in the boreal region

  • The ambition of the Modern State Fellowship was to become the landlord of the planet and either to mine, afforest, pasture, and cultivate directly or to have these tasks performed by responsible tenants, or groups and associations of tenants under its general control.

    The Shape of Things to Come

  • She or he will also inform immediate neighbours (i.e. properties which physically abut the applicant's property) in writing of the intention to afforest.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Several types can be used to afforest sand dunes and saline wastelands.

    Chapter 8

  • But it is certain from Domesday and the Chronicle that William did afforest a considerable tract of land in Hampshire; he set it apart for the purposes of hunting; he fenced it in by special and cruel laws -- stopping indeed short of death -- for the protection of his pleasures, and in this process some men lost their lands, and were driven from their homes.

    William the Conqueror

  • Mist Water Harvesting Project in Oman Initiated water harvesting to afforest the mountains in the southern Dhofar governorate.

    WN.com - Articles related to Rs 3 cr for eco tourism in Valmiki

  • "We want to keep our forests intact and re-afforest those that have over the years been degraded.

    SciDev.Net

  • "Until the spiric be fioured u/ion 21s from on highland the luiUleriiess be a fruitful field.) and the fruitful field be afforest.

    Letters, and sketches of sermons : in three volumes

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