Thesaurus

reform

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of reform

  1. 1 to make better in behavior or character volunteers at a camp that tries to reform troubled youths Synonyms of reform habilitate, reclaim, redeem, regenerate, rehabilitate Words Related to reform reeducate; amend, improve, refine; cleanse, purify, restore Near Antonyms of reform abase, canker, corrupt, debauch, degrade, demean, demoralize, deprave, lower, pervert, poison, profane, prostitute, subvert, warp

  2. 2 to change one's behavior or character for the better an alcoholic who's been trying to reform ever since he was arrested for drunk driving Synonyms of reform amend, mend, shape up, straighten (up or out) Words Related to reform behave, regenerate; better, improve Phrases clean up one's act Near Antonyms of reform backslide, regress

  3. 3 to remove errors, defects, deficiencies, or deviations from he had better reform his ways if he wants any of us to trust him Synonyms of reform amend, debug, emend, rectify, red-pencil, correct, remedyWords Related to reform redraft, redraw, restyle, revise, rework, rewrite; blue-pencil, cut, shorten; redress, right; ameliorate, better, improve; perfect, polish, touch up; fix, mend, repair; adjust, modulate, regulate; alter, change, modifyNear Antonyms of reform damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, mar, spoil; aggravate, worsen

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


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