Definition of Reform

1. Noun. A change for the better as a result of correcting abuses. "Justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"

Generic synonyms: Improvement
Specialized synonyms: Land Reform, Moralisation, Moralization, Housecleaning



2. Verb. Make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices. "Reform a political system"

3. Noun. A campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices. "The reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
Generic synonyms: Campaign, Cause, Crusade, Drive, Effort, Movement

4. Verb. Bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one. "Reform your conduct"
Exact synonyms: Reclaim, Rectify, Regenerate
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Related verbs: See The Light, Straighten Out
Specialized synonyms: Moralise, Moralize
Derivative terms: Reclamation, Rectification, Reformation, Reformative, Reformatory, Reformist

5. Noun. Self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice. "The family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"

6. Verb. Produce by cracking. "Reform gas"

7. Verb. Break up the molecules of. "Reform oil"
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Derivative terms: Reformer

8. Verb. Improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition. "Reform the health system in this country"
Generic synonyms: Ameliorate, Amend, Better, Improve, Meliorate
Derivative terms: Reformation, Reformist

9. Verb. Change for the better. "The habitual cheater finally saw the light"
Exact synonyms: See The Light, Straighten Out
Generic synonyms: Ameliorate, Better, Improve, Meliorate
Related verbs: Reclaim, Rectify, Regenerate
Derivative terms: Reformation, Reformatory

Definition of Reform

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

4. v. t. & i. To give a new form to; to form anew; to take form again, or to take a new form; as, to re- form the line after a charge.

Definition of Reform

1. Noun. Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government. ¹

2. 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. ¹

3. 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. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To form again or in a new configuration. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reform

1. to change to a better state [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Literary usage of Reform

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"reform JUDAISM. reform Judaism in America finds its roots in the begin- ' ning of the reform movement that took place in Germany in the first quarter of the ..."

2. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"Testimony re. charges of cruelty practiced on inmates of state reform school at ... Stmt. showing amt. expended for erection of state reform school. ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1909)
"Abroad, he had steadily advocated the introduction of constitutional reform. At home lie had, during later life, constantly resisted any large changes in ..."

4. Environmental Performance Reviews by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Committee on Environmental Policy (2006)
"Germany launched an ecological tax reform as one element in a more general ... This reform is designed to reverse the tendency, over the last three decades ..."

5. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1907)
"The ann. rept. of committee on State reform School is printed variously In the publlc or the ... Favorable rept. on establishment of reform school for boys. ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Under the leadership of Lady Harberton, president of the Rational Dress Association, the dress reform movement assumed a somewhat different direction than ..."

7. Environmental Performance Reviews by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Committee on Environmental Policy (2006)
"Box 8.3 Land tenure reform: ejido, private and communal property At the end of the ... The 7992 land tenure reform constitutes a new legal framework for ..."

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