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reform

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verb re·form \ri-ˈfȯrm\

Definition of reform

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to put or change into an improved form or condition b :  to amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses

  3. 2 :  to put an end to (an evil) by enforcing or introducing a better method or course of action

  4. 3 :  to induce or cause to abandon evil ways <reform a drunkard>

  5. 4 a :  to subject (hydrocarbons) to cracking b :  to produce (as gasoline or gas) by cracking

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become changed for the better

reformability

play \-ˌfȯr-mə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

reformable

play \-ˈfȯr-mə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of reform in a sentence

  1. The program is designed to reform prisoners.

  2. They want to reform campaign spending.

  3. The laws need to be reformed.

  4. The program is designed to help former gang members who are trying to reform.

Origin and Etymology of reform

Middle English, from Anglo-French refurmer, from Latin reformare, from re- + formare to form, from forma form


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of reform

correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to make right what is wrong. correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects <correct your spelling>. rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed <rectify a misguided policy>. emend specifically implies correction of a text or manuscript <emend a text>. remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil <set out to remedy the evils of the world>. redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance <redress past social injustices>. amend, reform, revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usually suggesting slight changes <amend a law>, reform implying drastic change <plans to reform the court system>, and revise suggesting a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes <revise the schedule>.

correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error <correct answers> <socially correct dress>. accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care <an accurate description>. exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth <exact measurements>. precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation <precise calibration>. nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination <makes nice distinctions>. right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault <the right thing to do>.

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reform

noun re·form

Definition of reform

  1. 1 :  amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved

  2. 2 :  a removal or correction of an abuse, a wrong, or errors

  3. 3 capitalized :  reform judaism

Examples of reform in a sentence

  1. A group of senators are calling for reform of the nation's health-care system.

  2. He has proposed a list of political reforms.

1663

First Known Use of reform

1663


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reform

adjective re·form

Definition of reform

  1. :  relating to or favoring reform

1819

First Known Use of reform

1819


REFORM Defined for English Language Learners

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reform

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verb re·form \ri-ˈfȯrm\

Definition of reform for English Language Learners

  • : to improve (someone or something) by removing or correcting faults, problems, etc.

  • : to improve your own behavior or habits


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reform

noun re·form

Definition of reform for English Language Learners

  • : the improvement of something by removing or correcting faults, problems, etc.

  • : an action, plan, rule, etc., that is meant to improve something


REFORM Defined for Kids

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reform

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verb re·form \ri-ˈfȯrm\

Definition of reform for Students

reformed

reforming

  1. 1 :  to make better or improve by removal of faults <The program reforms prisoners.> <The law should be reformed.>

  2. 2 :  to stop engaging in bad habits or behavior <He promised to reform.>

reformer

\ri-ˈfȯr-mər\ noun

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reform

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noun re·form

Definition of reform for Students

  1. :  the improvement of something by removing faults or problems <political reform>


Law Dictionary

reform

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transitive verb re·form \ri-ˈfȯrm\

Legal Definition of reform

  1. 1 :  to put (a writing) into a corrected form that more accurately reflects the agreement of the parties <allows a writing signed by mistake to be reformed — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.> — compare ratify

  2. 2 :  to induce or cause to abandon wrongful or harmful ways <a reformed drug dealer>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become changed for the better



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