deforestation

Deforestation is the clearing of trees, transforming a wooded area into cleared land. The first step in turning the wilderness into a shopping center is deforestation.

You can see the word forest in deforestation. The prefix de- means "remove" and the suffix -ation signals the act or state of. So deforestation is the act of removing a forest. First, the trees are chopped down, the wood shipped around the world for making products. Then the land is made smooth enough for homes, businesses, or farming. Today, in many places, laws limit the amount of deforestation.

Definitions of deforestation
  1. noun
    the state of being clear of trees
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    type of:
    environmental condition
    the state of the environment
  2. noun
    the removal of trees
    synonyms: disforestation
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    type of:
    baring, denudation, husking, stripping, uncovering
    the removal of covering
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