Meaning of “forest” in the English Dictionary

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"forest" in British English

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forestnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈfɒr.ɪst/ us /ˈfɔːr.ɪst/

A2 a large area of land covered with trees and plants, usually larger than a wood, or the trees and plants themselves:

the Black Forest
The children got lost in the forest.

More examples

  • The campsite is set in the middle of a pine forest.
  • They were campaigning against the destruction of the rain forest.
  • A fierce fire is still raging through the forest, burning everything in its path.
  • Her legs were covered in scratches and bruises after her walk through the forest.
  • Tropical rain forests used to cover 10% of the earth's surface.

(Definition of “forest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"forest" in American English

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forestnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈfɔr·əst, ˈfɑr-/

a large area full of trees, usually wild:

[ U ] We camped out in a clearing in the forest.

(Definition of “forest” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)