to clear (land) of forests or trees
transitive verbde·for·est·ed, de·for·est·ing, de·for·ests
- To cut down and clear away the trees or forests from.
- To destroy the trees or forests on: hillsides that were deforested by drought.
(third-person singular simple present deforests, present participle deforesting, simple past and past participle deforested)
- To destroy or to fell all the trees of a forest.
de- + forest