deforestation

noun
de·​for·​es·​ta·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce deforestation (audio) , -ˌfär-\

Definition of deforestation

: the action or process of clearing of forests also : the state of having been cleared of forests

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Other Words from deforestation

deforest \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈfȯr-​əst How to pronounce deforest (audio) , -​ˈfär-​ \ transitive verb

Examples of deforestation in a Sentence

the deforestation of the island

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The country is the world’s largest palm-oil producer, and some Papuans who depend on the rainforest worry it will be cleared and replaced with plantations, accelerating deforestation. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Shrinking Japan’s Fleet; Squeezing the Grocers; Highway Dividing Lines," 8 Mar. 2019 If deforestation continues unabated, Ivory Coast risks losing all its forest cover by 2034, environmental campaigners say. Tim Cocks And Ange Aboa, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ivory Coast, chocolate giants team up to make cocoa production more sustainable," 19 Apr. 2018 The goal is to better understand how deforestation is adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and how new, growing trees are capturing the gas. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch thousands of pounds of cargo and experiments to the International Space Station," 5 Dec. 2018 The mountain, a source of traditional creation stories, is under severe pressure from the rampant, corruption-fueled deforestation across Mozambique that supplies a foreign market, primarily China. Washington Post, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 The mountain, a source of traditional creation stories, is under severe pressure from the rampant, corruption-fueled deforestation across Mozambique that supplies a foreign market, primarily China. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 Overfishing and deforestation severely threatened the fish and bird population. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Secret Safaris: Little-Known National Parks in Africa," 22 Feb. 2019 Price of Climate Series His initial business plan was to buy up forest concessions to grow palm oil, the crop that is driving much of Indonesia’s deforestation. Jon Emont, WSJ, "One Man’s Money-Draining Bet on Climate Change," 27 Dec. 2018 Due to the current drought and massive deforestation throughout the country, women have to walk longer distances to access these basic necessities. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of deforestation

1874, in the meaning defined above

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deforestation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deforestation

: the act or result of cutting down or burning all the trees in an area

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