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

This creates a glowing halo that floats around the forest with remarkable rhythm. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Fireflies Are Bringing A Rare Light Show To The Mountains This Month," 10 May 2019 Later, after the Frasers have retreated to the forest, a small group of Indians tries to steal the stone. Marie Claire, "'Outlander' Season 4 Finale Recap: 5 Biggest Takeaways," 28 Jan. 2019 At Mozambique’s Mount Gorongosa — where farmers are being encouraged to grow coffee in the shade of hardwood trees, both to improve their own lot and to restore the forest — there is a point beyond which visitors are told not to go. Washington Post, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 Delta, for example, has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to show you the approximate environmental impact of your flight and offer an option to donate to various forest protection projects to offset the damage done. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Book a Flight and This App Will Offset Your CO2 Emissions for Free," 1 May 2019 Then, tackle the filthy sneakers that have been dragged through the streets/forest/beach one too many times. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "What I’ve Learned From Cleaning Out Vogue Editors’ Closets," 30 Apr. 2019 Sutton added that the forest would soon regrow, reassuring environmentalists and Pooh fans alike. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Winnie the Pooh's Real-Life "Hundred Acre Wood" Suffers Forest Fire," 29 Apr. 2019 These are sub-tropical forests with thick undergrowth. Amrit Dhillon, The Seattle Times, "Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters," 14 Apr. 2019 In fact, many state and national parks and forests require leashes. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Hiking With Your Dog," 12 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The early humans living in these caves would have forested for berries and hunted smaller animals like monkeys and small deer. Nick Whigham, Fox News, "Archaeologists uncover stunning find to help shed light on the dawn of mankind," 10 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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