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for·​est ˈfȯr-əst How to pronounce forest (audio)
often attributive
: a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract
A fire destroyed acres of forest.
forests of pine and mahogany
: a tract of wooded land in England formerly owned by the sovereign and used for game
: something resembling a forest especially in profusion or lushness
a forest of microphones
a kelp forest
a forest of skyscrapers
forestal adjective
or forestial
fə-ˈre-stē-əl How to pronounce forest (audio)
forested adjective


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forested; foresting; forests

transitive verb

: to cover with trees or forest
land densely forested with firs
forestation noun

Examples of forest in a Sentence

Noun Fires destroyed acres of forest. the endless forest that the first European settlers encountered
Recent Examples on the Web
His research has found that squirrel behavior is one of the biggest factors influencing forest regeneration and where trees — and plenty of other plants — grow. Kate Morgan, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2024 Luc’s bent-toed geckos were found at night on karst limestone cliffs and in the trees and vines of a nearby forest, the study said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 Now Tesla wants to clear out an additional 250 acres of forest near the plant for warehouses and a rail yard, as well as for a day care center for employees and the community. Melissa Eddy, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 Rainwater trickles off the roof and softly down the wood like a light shower in a rain forest, Rice said. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 17 Feb. 2024 With a winding staircase leading up to the Spiral Tree House, nature and comfortable living are perfectly merged in the forest with 360-degree views of the Japanese island’s jungle, complete with a relaxing deck space with string lights and decorative pillows. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Experts found the frogs in two forest environments, both with clay and white-sand soil. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 Chile has been under extreme fire weather conditions as an unrelenting drought for much of the past decade has dried up forests and depleted water supplies. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 The coalition’s mission is to plant 100 million trees around the world to help accelerate forest restoration. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 5 Feb. 2024
The 1-hectare (about 2.5-acre) property is forested and contains two ponds. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Aspen forests shimmer in gold in mid-October, but the snows that can close U.S. Route 550 for days started falling before Halloween. Jonathan Weisman Benjamin Rasmussen, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Another nearly rainless summer had left the Sierra Nevada forests desert dry, and the National Weather Service had issued a Red Flag warning for strong winds and low humidity. John Riha, Discover Magazine, 12 Nov. 2023 Scenic designer Nadir Bey’s set, forested with security-style floodlights, adds to the intensity. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 One of the likely reasons some parts of the community still don't have access to broadband is the terrain, which can be rocky and heavily forested. Josh Snyder, Arkansas Online, 29 Oct. 2023 The spongy moth is currently the most prevalent invasive problem in Wisconsin forests The spongy moth, McNee said, is currently the biggest invasive problem for Wisconsin's trees. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 2 Aug. 2023 The ascent up its conical face promised to be an immersion into Guatemala’s natural order, taking us through an array of ecosystems, from farmland to cloud and alpine forests to the volcanic crater. David Amsden, Travel + Leisure, 19 Aug. 2023 The public’s videos also draw attention to the unique biodiversity in Arizona’s Sky Islands, the mountains that rise from desert to forest around southeastern Arizona and in Sonora, Hart said. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 25 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin forestis (silva) unenclosed (woodland), from Latin foris outside — more at forum

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forest was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Forest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large area

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