a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses
"justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"
a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
"the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice
"the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"
make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
"reform a political system"
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"
produce by cracking
break up the molecules of
improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
"reform the health system in this country"
reform, straighten out, see the light(verb)
change for the better
"The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government.
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.
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.
To form again or in a new configuration.
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
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
amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rē-form′, v.t. to form again or anew: to transform: to make better: to remove that which is objectionable from: to repair or improve: to reclaim.—v.i. to become better: to abandon evil: to be corrected or improved.—n. a forming anew: change, amendment, improvement: an extension or better distribution of parliamentary representation, as in the Reform Bill.—adj. Refor′mable.—n. Reformā′tion, the act of forming again: the act of reforming: amendment: improvement: the great religious revolution of the 16th century, which gave rise to the various evangelical or Protestant organisations of Christendom.—adjs. Refor′mātive, forming again or anew: tending to produce reform; Refor′mātory, reforming: tending to produce reform.—n. an institution for reclaiming youths and children who have been convicted of crime.—adj. Reformed′, formed again or anew: changed: amended: improved: denoting the churches formed after the Reformation, esp. those in which the Calvinistic doctrines, and still more the Calvinistic polity, prevail, in contradistinction to the Lutheran.—ns. Refor′mer, one who reforms: one who advocates political reform: one of those who took part in the Reformation of the 16th century; Refor′mist, a reformer.—Reformed Presbyterians, a Presbyterian denomination originating in Scotland (see Cameronian); Reform school, a reformatory. [L. re-, again, formāre, to shape—forma, form.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Reform' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1948
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Reform' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2164
Rank popularity for the word 'Reform' in Nouns Frequency: #582
The numerical value of Reform in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of Reform in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
Tax reform means, 'Don't tax you, don't tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.'
If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished. (Proposal to reform welfare programs)
At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he know he can't.
Quite frankly, this 'MyVA' reform plan that secretary has put out, it is a joke. Making VA employees wear these 'I CARE' pins and that's somehow evidence of reform, it's a joke, we need real reform.
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- reformieren, ReformGerman
- μεταρρύθμιση, αναμόρφωσηGreek
- reforma, reformarSpanish
- uudistaa, uudistus, reformi, uudistuaFinnish
- réforme, réformerFrench
- ath-leasachadh, ath-leasaichScottish Gaelic
- reforma, reformarPortuguese
- рефо́рма, реформи́роватьRussian
- реформи́рaти, reformírati, rèfōrma, рѐфо̄рмаSerbo-Croatian
- reform, reformeraSwedish
- isloh qilmoqUzbek
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