Variant of reform
- 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: Middle 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
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