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Reform Meaning & Definition
Reform Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Reform?

[n] a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses; "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"
[n] self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice; "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"
[n] a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices; "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
[v] change for the better; "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
[v] make reforms in by removing abuse and injustices; "reform a political system"
[v] improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition; "reform the health system in this country"
[v] break up the molecules of ("reform oil")
[v] produce by cracking; "reform gas"
[v] 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"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Reform: see the light | straighten out

Related Terms | Find terms related to Reform:

See Also | alter | ameliorate | amend | better | campaign | cause | change | change integrity | create from raw material | create from raw stuff | crusade | drive | effort | improve | improvement | land reform | meliorate | moralisation | moralise | moralization | moralize | movement | regenerate | self-improvement | self-reformation

Reform In Webster's Dictionary

\Re*form"\ (r?*f?rm"), v. t. [F. r['e]former, L. reformare; pref. re- re- + formare to form, from forma form. See {Form}.] 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. The example alone of a vicious prince will corrupt an age; but that of a good one will not reform it. --Swift. Syn: To amend; correct; emend; rectify; mend; repair; better; improve; restore; reclaim.
\Re*form"\, 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.
\Re*form"\, n. [F. r['e]forme.] Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government. {Civil service reform}. See under {Civil}. {Reform acts} (Eng. Politics), acts of Parliament passed in 1832, 1867, 1884, 1885, extending and equalizing popular representation in Parliament. {Reform school}, a school established by a state or city government, for the confinement, instruction, and reformation of juvenile offenders, and of young persons of idle, vicious, and vagrant habits. [U. S.] Syn: Reformation; amendment; rectification; correction. See {Reformation}.

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