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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

OTHER WORDS FROM reform

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH reform

re-form, reform

Other definitions for reform (2 of 2)

re-form
[ ree-fawrm ]
/ riˈfɔrm /

verb (used with or without object)
to form again.

Origin of re-form

1300–50; Middle English; originally identical with reform

OTHER WORDS FROM re-form

re-for·ma·tion, nounre-former, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-form

re-form , reform
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How to use reform in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reform (1 of 2)

reform
/ (rɪˈfɔːm) /

verb
(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
noun
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 reform

reformable, adjectivereformative, adjectivereformer, noun

Word Origin for reform

C14: via Old French from Latin reformāre to form again

British Dictionary definitions for reform (2 of 2)

re-form
/ (riːˈfɔːm) /

verb
to form anew

Derived forms of re-form

re-formation, noun
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