[ 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.
Words nearby reform
Origin of reform
SYNONYMS FOR reform
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OTHER WORDS FROM 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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH reformre-form reform
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Examples from the Web for reformable
If he is reformable he takes the lesson, and very likely becomes excellent friends with those who "drew" him.Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860|George Saintsbury
Irreformable, ir-re-for′ma-bl, adj. not reformable, not subject to revision or improvement.
British Dictionary definitions for reformable
/ (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 forms of reformreformable, adjectivereformative, adjectivereformer, noun
Word Origin for reform
C14: via Old French from Latin reformāre to form again
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