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, rectifyverb
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 lightverb
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.
Reform (Latin: reformo) means the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc. The use of the word in this way emerges in the late 18th century and is believed to originate from Christopher Wyvill's Association movement which identified “Parliamentary Reform” as its primary aim. Reform is generally regarded as antithetical to revolution. Developing countries may carry out a wide range of reforms to improve their living standards, often with support from international financial institutions and aid agencies. This can include reforms to macroeconomic policy, the civil service, and public financial management. In the United States, rotation in office or term limits would, by contrast, be more revolutionary, in altering basic political connections between incumbents and constituents.
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.
To create a new or improved form.
It is important to reform some governmental systems to ensure justness, fairness and truth.Submitted by MaryC on October 23, 2020
To create change to ensure optimum health, right to life, human rights, fairness, justness, unity, peace, inclusion and freedom.
Reform is welcomed by the electorate and it leads to the creation of a national unity government for the optimum health and prosperity of everyone.Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'reform' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1948
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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
These two important institutions have been in the process of reform for some time, i imagine that Banca Carige and Monte dei Paschi have an important future ahead of them.
Members of both parties have expressed their support for a tax overhaul. And, I believe there is real momentum to get something done on tax reform this year, if we remain committed. And, believe me, I’m committed.
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
When money is too easy, people are going to take risks they shouldn't take, i think it would be much better if rather than trying to paper over the fundamental issues, Europe tackled labour market reform and made it easier for people to manage their business.
While client sentiment is high in the wake of corporate tax reform and we remain hopeful that this will support higher demand later in the year, we're not seeing that yet, and we are maintaining pricing and credit discipline.
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- reformieren, ReformGerman
- μεταρρύθμιση, αναμόρφωσηGreek
- reformar, reformaSpanish
- reformi, uudistus, uudistua, uudistaaFinnish
- réformer, réformeFrench
- ath-leasachadh, ath-leasaichScottish Gaelic
- reformar, reformaPortuguese
- рефо́рма, реформи́роватьRussian
- rèfōrma, рѐфо̄рма, reformírati, реформи́рaтиSerbo-Croatian
- reformera, reformSwedish
- isloh qilmoqUzbek
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