forest Definition

  • 1a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth
  • 2an area of land, smaller than a wood, that is covered with growing trees

Using forest: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "forest" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The forest was dense and dark.

  • Example

    The Amazon rainforest is the largest forest in the world.

  • Example

    We went for a walk in the forest.

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    The forest was home to many different animals.

forest Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for forest

Idioms Using forest

  • to be so focused on the details or small parts of a problem that you fail to understand the larger issue


    He can't see the forest for the trees; he's too focused on the individual tasks to see the bigger picture.

  • to touch or knock on wood in order to prevent something bad from happening


    I've never been in a car accident, knock on wood.

  • not yet free from difficulties or problems


    Although the surgery was successful, she's not out of the woods yet.

Phrases with forest

  • an area of woodland in central England, formerly covering extensive parts of several counties


    The Forest of Dean is a popular tourist destination.

  • an uncontrolled fire occurring in a forested area


    The forest fire destroyed thousands of acres of land.

  • a person who is responsible for managing and protecting a forest or woodland area


    The forest ranger helped us find our way back to the trail.


Summary: forest in Brief

A 'forest' [ˈfɒrɪst] is a large area covered with trees and undergrowth. It is smaller than a wood and can be home to many different animals. The term 'forest' extends into phrases like 'forest fire,' and idioms like 'can't see the forest for the trees,' meaning to focus too much on details and miss the bigger picture.

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