rewild

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re- +‎ wild

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rewild (third-person singular simple present rewilds, present participle rewilding, simple past and past participle rewilded)

  1. (conservationist jargon) To return an area to a more wild state, especially to repopulate it with wild animals.
    • 2016, Carey J, "Rewilding", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 806–8.
      Some scientists and others now argue that we should be bringing some of those ghosts back, part of a controversial movement to “rewild” parts of Europe and North America, whether by reintroducing extant species, reviving extinct ones, or attempting to reconstruct ecosystems.

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