Nearby words

  1. reflux oesophagitis,
  2. reflux otitis media,
  3. refocus,
  4. reforest,
  5. reforestation,
  6. reform acts,
  7. reform bill,
  8. reform flask,
  9. reform jew,
  10. reform judaism

Origin of reform

1300–50; (v.) Middle English reformen < Middle French reformer, Old French < Latin refōrmāre (see re-, form); (noun) partly derivative of the v., partly < French réforme

Related forms
Can be confusedre-form reform


[ ree-fawrm ]
/ riˈfɔrm /

verb (used with or without object)

to form again.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for reform

British Dictionary definitions for reform


/ (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


/ (riːˈfɔːm) /


to form anew
Derived Formsre-formation, noun

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Word Origin and History for reform
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