[ ri-fawrmd ]
/ rɪˈfɔrmd /


amended by removal of faults, abuses, etc.
improved in conduct, morals, etc.
(initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to Protestant churches, especially Calvinist as distinguished from Lutheran.

Origin of reformed

First recorded in 1555–65; reform + -ed2

Related forms

re·form·ed·ly [ri-fawr-mid-lee] /rɪˈfɔr mɪd li/, adverbpseu·do·re·formed, adjectivequa·si-re·formed, adjectiveun·re·formed, adjective

Definition for reformed (2 of 3)


[ 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 forms

re-for·ma·tion, nounre-form·er, noun

Can be confused

re-form reform

Definition for reformed (3 of 3)

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 confused

re-form reform Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reformed

British Dictionary definitions for reformed (1 of 3)


/ (rɪˈfɔːmd) /


of or designating a Protestant Church, esp the Calvinist as distinct from the Lutheran
of or designating Reform Judaism

British Dictionary definitions for reformed (2 of 3)


/ (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

reformable, adjectivereformative, adjectivereformer, noun

Word Origin for reform

C14: via Old French from Latin reformāre to form again

British Dictionary definitions for reformed (3 of 3)


/ (riːˈfɔːm) /


to form anew

Derived Forms

re-formation, noun
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