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Origin of re-form

1300–50; Middle English; orig. identical with reform
Related formsre-for·ma·tion, nounre-form·er, noun
Can be confusedre-form reform Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of re-form

  • Or perhaps the diaspora of talent will re-form and succeed while the companies who ejected them collapse and disappear.

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    Tina Brown

    December 8, 2008

Historical Examples of re-form

  • "I intended to re-form them beyond the village, your excellency," answered the general.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • But the Nemedians were smashed, broken, unable to re-form or make a stand.

    The Hour of the Dragon

    Robert E. Howard

  • Forthwith the battalions began to re-form, and in every company the roll was called.

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill

  • The Dervish line, broken by the charge, began to re-form at once.

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill

  • It will be the work of the future to arrange, and if necessary to re-form, these various groups.

    The Criminal

    Havelock Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for re-form


  1. to form anew
Derived Formsre-formation, noun
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Word Origin and History for re-form

"form again," mid-14c., from re- + form (v.). Related: Re-formed; re-forming; re-formation.

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