verb (used with or without object)
Origin of re-form
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of reform
Synonyms for reform
Antonyms for reform
Examples from the Web for reforms
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of reforms
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.
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.