An example of reform is sending a troubled teenager to juvenile hall for a month and having the teenager return better behaved.
- to make better by removing faults and defects; correct: to reform a calendar
- to make better by putting a stop to abuses or malpractices or by introducing better procedures, etc.
- to put a stop to (abuses, etc.)
- to cause or persuade (a person) to give up misconduct and behave better
- Chem. to heat (petroleum products) under pressure, with or without catalysts, to produce cracking and a greater yield of gasoline or an improved octane number
Origin of reformMiddle English reformen ; from Old French reformer ; from Classical Latin reformare: see re- and amp; form
- a correction of faults or evils, as in government or society; social or political improvement
- an improvement in character and conduct; reformation
- a movement aimed at removing political or social abuses
verbre·formed, re·form·ing, re·forms
- To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition: reform the tax code.
- a. To abolish abuse or malpractice in: reform the government.b. To put an end to (an abuse or wrong).
- To induce or persuade (a person) to give up harmful or immoral practices; cause to adopt a better way of life.
- Chemistry To subject (hydrocarbons) to cracking.
- Action to improve or correct what is wrong or defective in something: health care reform.
- An instance of this; an improvement: reforms in education.
- Relating to or favoring reform: a reform candidate for mayor.
- Reform Of or relating to Reform Judaism.
Origin of reformMiddle English reformen, from Old French reformer, from Latin ref&omacron;rmare : re-, re- + f&omacron;rmare, to shape (from f&omacron;rma, form).
- Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government.
(third-person singular simple present reforms, present participle reforming, simple past and past participle reformed)
- 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.
- to reform a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners or morals
- 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.
- (intransitive) To form again or in a new configuration.
- This product contains reformed meat.
- The pop group reformed for one final tour.