Definitions for Reformrɪˈfɔrm

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Reform

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re-formriˈfɔrm(v.t.; v.i.)

  1. to form again.

re•formrɪˈfɔrm(n.)

  1. the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.:

    social reform.

  2. an instance of this.

  3. the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.

  4. (v.t.)to change to a better state, form, etc.

  5. to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.

  6. to put an end to (abuses, evils, etc.).

  7. to subject (petroleum fractions) to a chemical process, as catalytic cracking, that increases the octane content.

    Category: Chemistry

  8. (v.i.)to abandon evil conduct or error.

  9. (adj.)(cap.) conforming to or characteristic of Reform Judaism.

    Category: Judaism

Origin of reform:

1300–50; (v.) ME < MF reformer, OF < L refōrmāre

re•form′a•tive(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reform(noun)

    a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses

    "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"

  2. reform(noun)

    a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices

    "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"

  3. reform(verb)

    self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice

    "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"

  4. reform(verb)

    make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices

    "reform a political system"

  5. reform, reclaim, regenerate, rectify(verb)

    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"

  6. reform(verb)

    produce by cracking

    "reform gas"

  7. reform(verb)

    break up the molecules of

    "reform oil"

  8. reform(verb)

    improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition

    "reform the health system in this country"

  9. reform, straighten out, see the light(verb)

    change for the better

    "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. reform(noun)ɪˈfɔrm

    a change or reorganization of sth in order to improve it

    education reforms; a call for a reform of the rules; economic reform

  2. reform(verb)ɪˈfɔrm

    to change a system or organization to improve it

    to reform the immigration system

  3. reformɪˈfɔrm

    to improve your behavior

    a reformed alcoholic

Wiktionary

  1. reform(Noun)

    Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government.

  2. reform(Verb)

    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.

  3. reform(Verb)

    To return to a good state; to amend or correct one's own character or habits; as, a person of settled habits of vice will seldom reform.

  4. reform(Verb)

    To form again or in a new configuration.

  5. Origin: réforme

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reform(verb)

    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

  2. Reform(verb)

    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. Reform(noun)

    amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government

Freebase

  1. Reform

    Reform is a British right-wing think tank based in London, whose declared mission is to set out a better way to deliver public services and economic prosperity via private sector involvement and market de-regulation. Reform describes itself as independent and non-partisan. It was founded in 2001 by Nick Herbert and Andrew Haldenby.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Reform

    the name given in England to successive attempts and measures towards the due extension of the franchise in the election of the members of the House of Commons.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. REFORM

    In general, a periodic epidemic, starting with marked heat, followed by a high fever, and accompanied by a flow of ink in the newspapers, a discharge of words from the face and a rush of blood to the polls, leaving the victim a chronic invalid until the next campaign. In New York, reform has been confined to a Low attempt at government.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reform' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1948

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reform' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2164

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reform' in Nouns Frequency: #582


Translations for Reform

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

reform(noun)

the act of improving

the reform of our political system.

Get even more translations for Reform »

Translation

Find a translation for the Reform definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these Reform definitions with the community:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Reform." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 25 Oct. 2014. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/Reform>.

Are we missing a good definition for Reform?


The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations


A Member Of The STANDS4 Network


Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for Reform: