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.
--Swift.

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
government.

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
Reformation.

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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