Definition of "reform" []

  • To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition. (verb-transitive)
  • To abolish abuse or malpractice in: reform the government. (verb-transitive)
  • To put an end to (a wrong). See Synonyms at correct. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause (a person) to give up harmful or immoral practices; persuade to adopt a better way of life. (verb-transitive)
  • To change for the better. (verb-intransitive)
  • To improve (an existing institution, law, practice, etc) by alteration or correction of abuses (verb)

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  • To give up or cause to give up a reprehensible habit or immoral way of life (verb)
  • To change the molecular structure of (a hydrocarbon) to make it suitable for use as petrol by heat, pressure, and the action of catalysts (verb)
  • An improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices (noun)
  • A principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change (noun)
  • Improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "reform" in a sentence
  • "The truth is that what we\'ve been calling health reform doesn\'t really \ "reform\" the system at all."
  • "Action Alert: Feinstein 'election reform' bill hearings next week! yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Action Alert: Feinstein \'election reform\' bill hearings next week! '"
  • "“We do not use the term reform school,” Annie explains."