verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- reflux oesophagitis,
- reflux otitis media,
- reform acts,
- reform bill,
- reform flask,
- reform jew,
- reform judaism
Origin of reform
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of re-form
Examples from the Web for reform
Sorkin may not have won his fight, ostensibly to reform the news.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, new gold mines are becoming conflict-free as a result of the reform efforts.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War|John Prendergast|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Backers of reform certainly hope so and believe it might have been too optimistic to expect change this year.
But Lomax can heave a small sigh of relief, at least for now: Legislative reform to the 1033 program will not happen in 2014.
What were your thoughts on the NSA reform bill that died in the Senate?
The Camaldolites grew out of an Italian reform movement independent of Clugny though no doubt related to it.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church|Alexander Clarence Flick
The Queen's speech contained no decided feature beyond recommending a reform in the administration of the Courts of Equity.
It was necessary to reform them, but in the doing of this almost endless friction arose.The History of Cuba, vol. 4|Willis Fletcher Johnson
Luther's reform was directed essentially against the Jewish element.History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Volume III|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
A partial effort at reform was made the next session, and one or two feeble triumphs achieved.Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland|Henry B. Stanton
Word Origin for reform
c.1300, "to convert into another and better form," from Old French reformer "rebuild, reconstruct, recreate" (12c.), from Latin reformare "to form again, change, transform, alter," from re- "again" (see re-) + formare "to form" (see form (n.)). Intransitive sense from 1580s.
Meaning "to bring (a person) away from an evil course of life" is recorded from early 15c.; of governments, institutions, etc., from early 15c. Related: Reformed; reforming. Reformed churches (1580s) usually are Calvinist as opposed to Lutheran. Reformed Judaism (1843) is a movement initiated in Germany by Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786). Reform school is attested from 1859.
"any proceeding which brings back a better order of things," 1660s, from reform (v.) and in some uses from French réforme. As a branch of Judaism from 1843.