forest

noun, often attributive
for·​est | \ ˈfȯr-əst How to pronounce forest (audio) , ˈfär-\

Definition of forest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract A fire destroyed acres of forest. forests of pine and mahogany
2 : a tract of wooded land in England formerly owned by the sovereign and used for game
3 : something resembling a forest especially in profusion or lushness a forest of microphones a kelp forest a forest of skyscrapers

forest

verb
forested; foresting; forests

Definition of forest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from forest

Noun

forestal \ ˈfȯr-​ə-​stᵊl How to pronounce forestal (audio) , ˈfär-​ \ or forestial \ fə-​ˈre-​stē-​əl How to pronounce forestial (audio) , fȯ-​ , -​ˈres-​chəl , -​ˈresh-​ \ adjective
forested \ ˈfȯr-​ə-​stəd How to pronounce forested (audio) , ˈfär-​ \ adjective

Verb

forestation \ ˌfȯr-​ə-​ˈstā-​shən How to pronounce forestation (audio) , ˌfär-​ \ 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: Noun

A few years ago, the forests along the banks began dying. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "Reshaping the Mississippi is unraveling wildlife habitat: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 The restrictions impact the entire forest because of a high wildfire risk. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Woodbury Fire has now burned 34,351 acres; community meeting set for Sunday afternoon," 15 June 2019 On March 26, the body of a Japanese tourist was found in the forest south of Grand Canyon Village, according to the AP. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "4 People Have Died at Grand Canyon This Year — Here’s How You Can Stay Safe," 14 June 2019 Gibbons are native to the tropical forests struggling with large-scale deforestation, primarily caused by palm oil producers clearing large stretches of land for massive plantations. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Gibbons return to the Oakland Zoo at last," 14 June 2019 The Act also bans the sale of captive elephants not registered with the forest department. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "This elephant-obsessed Indian state is finally stepping in to protect abused captive animals," 13 June 2019 As board president, Kyle does not have the power to unilaterally cancel individual forest preserve events. Randy Blaser, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Instead of ending Civil War Days in Lake County, use it to tell the whole story," 13 June 2019 The first step is to choose the actual forest area. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Better Place Forests Wants You to Choose a Memorial Tree Instead of a Tombstone," 13 June 2019 These trends have helped red spruce forests in New England and some fish populations, for example, recover from acid rain damage. National Geographic, "Acid rain, explained," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Four years later, only half the project areas were forested. Paula Moura, ProPublica, "Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing," 22 May 2019 One can now forest bathe everywhere from Lapland to Central Park. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "The New Outdoor Getaway: Landscapes That Have Been ‘Rewilded’," 20 Sep. 2018 Over the years there have been tensions between the Gujjars and Hindus in the region over land use and the right to forest resources. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "The Men Accused of Raping and Murdering an Eight-Year-Old Girl in India Are Standing Trial. Here’s What to Know," 27 Apr. 2018 Nearly all of the land is forested, except for a small portion farmed by the Grimmel family, according to the Stevensons’ application. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford council approves 22 properties for ag preservation," 25 June 2018 The District reports success: Its analysis of 2016 data found that 38.7 percent of the city’s land area was forested, up from 35.1 percent in 2006. Gabriel Popkin, Washington Post, "D.C. says its tree canopy is growing. Federal researchers disagree.," 10 June 2018 But this would mean foresting an area with a size somewhere between that of India and Canada. The Economist, "Extracting carbon dioxide from the air is possible. But at what cost?," 7 June 2018 As the rest of the world gets busier and noisier, a wild place crackling with glacier ice, mewing with baby otters and forested with twisted hemlocks and ancient cedar trees takes on significant new meaning. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘A Wild Promise,’ a wilderness area in limbo and a book with a mission," 19 May 2018 The river side is forested with cottonwoods, black walnut, willow, valley oak and sycamore trees. Al Pierleoni, sacbee, "Where to go for fun and food along Sacramento's Garden Highway | The Sacramento Bee," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of forest

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forest

Noun and Verb

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

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forest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of forest

: a thick growth of trees and bushes that covers a large area

forest

noun
for·​est | \ ˈfȯr-əst How to pronounce forest (audio) \

Kids Definition of forest

: a growth of trees and underbrush covering a large area

Other Words from forest

forested \ -​əs-​təd \ adjective

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