- to form again.
Origin of re-form
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of reform
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Examples from the Web for reforms
A Wall Street person should not be allowed to help oversee the Dodd-Frank reforms.Antonio Weiss Is Not Part of the Problem
January 7, 2015
Republicans should push for reforms to tie educational spending to students rather than schools.How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor
Veronique de Rugy
November 23, 2014
Despite the reforms, critical reporting on the powerful military has been met with severe punishments.Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives
November 11, 2014
Plus, Christie advisers point out, Paul merely talks about the reforms that the governor has implemented.Rand Paul, Chris Christie Laid Out Plans for Black Voters at Penthouse Forum
October 17, 2014
Other reforms would include a major overhaul of the tax system, particularly equalizing capital gains and income taxes.Class Issues, Not Race, Will Likely Seal the Next Election
September 7, 2014
The reforms that he pointed out to me were, and still are, very necessary ones.My Double Life
But I'm sure that if any reforms worth while are to be made, we've got to see just where we are.The Harbor
I set no limit, suggest no reforms, urge no cutting down or cutting out.The Old Game
Samuel G. Blythe
A number of reforms are needed within the province of railroad management.
He considers the law inadequate to bring about the reforms needed.
- (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
- to form anew
Word Origin and History for reforms
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.