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Meaning of REFORM

Pronunciation:  ri'form

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses; "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"
  2. [n]  self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice; "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"
  3. [n]  a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices; "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
  4. [v]  change for the better; "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
  5. [v]  make reforms in by removing abuse and injustices; "reform a political system"
  6. [v]  improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition; "reform the health system in this country"
  7. [v]  break up the molecules of ("reform oil")
  8. [v]  produce by cracking; "reform gas"
  9. [v]  bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one; "The Church reformed me"; "reform your conduct"

REFORM is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: see the light, straighten out
 See Also: alter, ameliorate, amend, better, campaign, cause, change, change integrity, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, crusade, drive, effort, improve, improvement, land reform, meliorate, moralisation, moralise, moralization, moralize, movement, regenerate, self-improvement, self-reformation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*form"\ (r?*f?rm"), v. t. [F. r['e]former, L.
    reformare; pref. re- re- + formare to form, from forma form.
    See {Form}.]
    To put into a new and improved form or condition; to restore
    to a former good state, or bring from bad to good; to change
    from worse to better; to amend; to correct; as, to reform a
    profligate man; to reform corrupt manners or morals.
          The example alone of a vicious prince will corrupt an
          age; but that of a good one will not reform it.
    Syn: To amend; correct; emend; rectify; mend; repair; better;
         improve; restore; reclaim.
  2. \Re*form"\, v. i.
    To return to a good state; to amend or correct one's own
    character or habits; as, a man of settled habits of vice will
    seldom reform.
  3. \Re*form"\, n. [F. r['e]forme.]
    Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or
    depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of
    {Civil service reform}. See under {Civil}.
    {Reform acts} (Eng. Politics), acts of Parliament passed in
       1832, 1867, 1884, 1885, extending and equalizing popular
       representation in Parliament.
    {Reform school}, a school established by a state or city
       government, for the confinement, instruction, and
       reformation of juvenile offenders, and of young persons of
       idle, vicious, and vagrant habits. [U. S.]
    Syn: Reformation; amendment; rectification; correction. See