Reform Definition

rĭ-fôrm
reformed, reforming, reforms
verb
reformed, reforming, reforms
To make better by removing faults and defects; correct.
To reform a calendar.
Webster's New World
To abolish abuse or malpractice in.
Reform the government.
American Heritage
To make better by putting a stop to abuses or malpractices or by introducing better procedures, etc.
Webster's New World
To put a stop to (abuses, etc.)
Webster's New World
To become better in behavior.
Webster's New World
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noun
reforms
Action to improve or correct what is wrong or defective in something.
Health care reform.
American Heritage
A correction of faults or evils, as in government or society; social or political improvement.
Webster's New World
An improvement in character and conduct; reformation.
Webster's New World
A movement aimed at removing political or social abuses.
Webster's New World
adjective
Designating or of a movement in Judaism that attempts to make rational thought compatible with historical Judaism, stressing its ethical aspects and not requiring strict observance of traditional Orthodox ritual.
Webster's New World
Relating to or favoring reform.
A reform candidate for mayor.
American Heritage
Of or relating to Reform Judaism.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Reform

Noun

Singular:
reform
Plural:
reforms

Origin of Reform

  • Middle English reformen from Old French reformer from Latin refōrmāre re- re- fōrmāre to shape (from fōrma form)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French réforme

    From Wiktionary

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