Definition of afforest in US English:



[with object]
  • Convert (land) into forest, especially for commercial use.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They may sequester carbon through ecosystem restoration, reforestation, agro-forestry, and afforestation; or they may develop substitutes for fossil fuels such as bioenergy projects.’
    • ‘Protecting forests and afforestation will be a permanent solution.’
    • ‘Environmental monitoring in the catchment assesses fresh water impacts on the survival of juveniles including issues such as afforestation, overgrazing and climate change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He argued that afforestation and expansion of forests might therefore even increase climate warming.’
    • ‘When farmland is afforested or peatlands drained, the owner gets a certain tax relief.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The province's forest coverage rate is currently 19 per cent and there are 2 million hectares of land left for afforestation.’


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