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Noun: reform  ri'form
  1. A change for the better as a result of correcting abuses
    "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"
     
  2. A campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
    "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
     
  3. Self-improvement in behaviour or morals by abandoning some vice
    "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"
Verb: reform  ri'form
  1. Make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
    "reform a political system"
     
  2. 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";
    - reclaim, regenerate, rectify
     
  3. (chemistry) produce by cracking
    "reform gas"
     
  4. (chemistry) break up the molecules of
    "reform oil"
     
  5. Improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
    "reform the health system in this country"
     
  6. Change for the better
    "The lazy student promised to reform";
    - straighten out, see the light

Derived forms: reforms, reformed, reforming

Type of: alter, ameliorate, amend, better, campaign, cause, change, change integrity, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, crusade, drive, effort, improve, improvement, meliorate, mend, modify, movement, self-improvement, self-reformation

Encyclopedia: Reform, Alabama