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reform

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1 to make better in behavior or character

  • volunteers at a sanctuary that tries to reform dogs with behavior problems
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2 to change one's behavior or character for the better

  • a man who's been trying to reform ever since he got fired for missing too many days of work
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clean up one's act

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3 to remove errors, defects, deficiencies, or deviations from

  • he had better reform his ways if he wants any of us to trust him
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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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