Definition of afforest in English:



  • 1 Convert (land) into forest, especially for commercial exploitation.

    ‘a grant paid to farmers who afforest agricultural land’
    • ‘These increases apply to those who afforested their lands between 1993 and 1999 and who did not qualify for the significant increases announced last year.’
    • ‘When farmland is afforested or peatlands drained, the owner gets a certain tax relief.’
    • ‘Production of milk and grain will eventually move to a smaller number of larger producers and the likelihood is that the remainder of the land will be farmed extensively or afforested.’
    • ‘The provision can be applied to farmers who have afforested some of their land since the beginning of the reference period and those who have disposed of land to a public authority for non agricultural use.’
    • ‘The idea is to finance programmes making it possible to afforest non-arable farmland, improve the quality of forests, invest in construction of forest roads, and develop forestry farms.’
    forested, afforested, tree-covered, woody
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    1. 1.1British historical Bring (woodland) under the jurisdiction of forest law for the purpose of hunting.
      ‘a great part of the county had been afforested by Henry I’
      • ‘The 'afforested' areas were much more than just royal hunting grounds, however.’
      • ‘The kings, in the exercise of their right to establish hunting preserves, afforested not only the royal and the lordless woodlands but also the woods, and the lands lying between them.’
      • ‘Within afforested areas, Forest Law applied in parallel to Common Law.’
      • ‘In the 12th century King John afforested the whole of the county of Devon and such was the population's resentment that after a petition it was agreed, in return for a huge sum of money, to disafforest the county "up to the boundary of Dartmoor and Exmoor."’
      • ‘Henry disafforested land that King John and Henry II had afforested. The Charter of the Forest in 1217 relaxed Forest Laws - there was no more death and mutilation for Forest offences.’


Early 16th century: from medieval Latin afforestare, from ad- to (expressing change) + foresta forest.