What does reform mean?

Definitions for reform
rɪˈfɔrmre·form

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reform.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. reform(Noun)

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

    Etymology: réforme

  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.

    Etymology: réforme

  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.

    Etymology: réforme

  4. reform(Verb)

    To form again or in a new configuration.

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reform

    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

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. reform

    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  
  2. reform

    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  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reform in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reform in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of reform in a Sentence

  1. Young:

    Tomorrow is the day when idlers work, and fool reform, and mortal men lay hold on heaven.

  2. Oliver Barron:

    SOE reform remains a confusion given the apparent contrasts between those pushing market-oriented reform and mixed ownership, and those stressing the role of the Communist Party.

  3. Hidetoshi Shioda:

    Refiners have to launch projects quickly to take advantage of power market reform, and the quicker, the better, the pace of investments is accelerating from last year, and will probably peak this year amid the shutdowns of nuclear plants.

  4. Ulrich Speck:

    People are tired of confrontation with Russia. They don't like the tensions and they see that Ukraine is not delivering enough on the reform front, when you're confronted with ISIS, Putin doesn't look so bad. Because of this fatigue, there is a growing risk that the anti-sanctions camp grows stronger.

  5. Paul Ryan:

    We have a lot of work to do to get our economy back on track, and the Ways and Means Committee will be at the forefront of reform.

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