[ ri-fawrm ]
/ rɪˈfɔrm /
the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.: social reform; spelling reform.
an instance of this.
the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.
verb (used with object)
to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc.
to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.
to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).
Chemistry. to subject to the process of reforming, as in refining petroleum.
verb (used without object)
to abandon evil conduct or error: The drunkard promised to reform.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Reform Jews or Reform Judaism: a Reform rabbi.
Origin of reform
SYNONYMS FOR reform
ANTONYMS FOR reform
re·form·a·ble, adjectivere·form·a·bil·i·ty, re·form·a·ble·ness, nounre·form·a·tive, adjectivere·form·a·tive·ly, adverb
re·form·a·tive·ness, nounre·form·ing·ly, adverban·ti·re·form, adjectivemis·re·form, verbpre·re·form, adjectivepro·re·form, adjectiveself-re·form, nounsu·per·re·form, noun, verb (used with object)un·re·form·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·form·a·tive, adjective
Can be confusedre-form reform
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British Dictionary definitions for proreform (1 of 2)
/ (ˌprəʊrɪˈfɔːm) /
in favour of or supporting reform, esp within politics
British Dictionary definitions for proreform (2 of 2)
/ (rɪˈfɔːm) /
(tr) to improve (an existing institution, law, practice, etc) by alteration or correction of abuses
to give up or cause to give up a reprehensible habit or immoral way of life
chem to change the molecular structure of (a hydrocarbon) to make it suitable for use as petrol by heat, pressure, and the action of catalysts
an improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices
a principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change
improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice
Derived Formsreformable, adjectivereformative, adjectivereformer, noun
Word Origin for reform
C14: via Old French from Latin reformāre to form again
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