Definitions for: Reform

[n] a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses; "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"
[n] self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice; "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"
[n] a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices; "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
[v] change for the better; "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
[v] make reforms in by removing abuse and injustices; "reform a political system"
[v] improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition; "reform the health system in this country"
[v] break up the molecules of ("reform oil")
[v] produce by cracking; "reform gas"
[v] bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one; "The Church reformed me"; "reform your conduct"

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*form" (r?*f?rm"), v. t. [F. r['e]former, L.
reformare; pref. re- re- + formare to form, from forma form.
See Form.]
To put into a new and improved form or condition; to restore
to a former good state, or bring from bad to good; to change
from worse to better; to amend; to correct; as, to reform a
profligate man; to reform corrupt manners or morals.

The example alone of a vicious prince will corrupt an
age; but that of a good one will not reform it.

Syn: To amend; correct; emend; rectify; mend; repair; better;
improve; restore; reclaim.

Re*form", v. i.
To return to a good state; to amend or correct one's own
character or habits; as, a man of settled habits of vice will
seldom reform.

Re*form", n. [F. r['e]forme.]
Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or
depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of

Civil service reform. See under Civil.

Reform acts (Eng. Politics), acts of Parliament passed in
1832, 1867, 1884, 1885, extending and equalizing popular
representation in Parliament.

Reform school, a school established by a state or city
government, for the confinement, instruction, and
reformation of juvenile offenders, and of young persons of
idle, vicious, and vagrant habits. [U. S.]

Syn: Reformation; amendment; rectification; correction. See

Synonyms: see the light, straighten out

See Also: alter, ameliorate, amend, better, campaign, cause, change, change integrity, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, crusade, drive, effort, improve, improvement, land reform, meliorate, moralisation, moralise, moralization, moralize, movement, regenerate, self-improvement, self-reformation

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