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re·form

 (rĭ-fôrm′)
v. re·formed, re·form·ing, re·forms
v.tr.
1. To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition: reform the tax code.
2.
a. To abolish abuse or malpractice in: reform the government.
b. To put an end to (an abuse or wrong).
3. To induce or persuade (a person) to give up harmful or immoral practices; cause to adopt a better way of life.
4. Chemistry To subject (hydrocarbons) to cracking.
v.intr.
To change for the better.
n.
1. Action to improve or correct what is wrong or defective in something: health care reform.
2. An instance of this; an improvement: reforms in education.
adj.
1. Relating to or favoring reform: a reform candidate for mayor.
2. Reform Of or relating to Reform Judaism.

[Middle English reformen, from Old French reformer, from Latin refōrmāre : re-, re- + fōrmāre, to shape (from fōrma, form).]

re·form′a·bil′i·ty n.
re·form′a·ble adj.
re·form′er n.

reform

(rɪˈfɔːm)
vb
1. (tr) to improve (an existing institution, law, practice, etc) by alteration or correction of abuses
2. to give up or cause to give up a reprehensible habit or immoral way of life
3. (Chemistry) 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
n
4. an improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices
5. a principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change
6. improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice
[C14: via Old French from Latin reformāre to form again]
reˈformable adj
reˈformative adj
reˈformer n

re-form

(riˈfɔrm)

v.t., v.i.
to form again.

re•form

(rɪˈfɔrm)

n.
1. the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.: social reform.
2. an instance of this.
3. the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.
v.t.
4. to change to a better state, form, etc.
5. to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.
6. to put an end to (abuses, evils, etc.).
7. to subject (petroleum fractions) to a chemical process, as catalytic cracking, that increases the octane content.
v.i.
8. to abandon evil conduct or error.
adj.
9. (cap.) conforming to or characteristic of Reform Judaism.
[1300–50; (v.) Middle English < Middle French reformer, Old French < Latin refōrmāre]
re•form′a•ble, adj.
re•form′a•tive, adj.

reform


Past participle: reformed
Gerund: reforming

Imperative
reform
reform
Present
I reform
you reform
he/she/it reforms
we reform
you reform
they reform
Preterite
I reformed
you reformed
he/she/it reformed
we reformed
you reformed
they reformed
Present Continuous
I am reforming
you are reforming
he/she/it is reforming
we are reforming
you are reforming
they are reforming
Present Perfect
I have reformed
you have reformed
he/she/it has reformed
we have reformed
you have reformed
they have reformed
Past Continuous
I was reforming
you were reforming
he/she/it was reforming
we were reforming
you were reforming
they were reforming
Past Perfect
I had reformed
you had reformed
he/she/it had reformed
we had reformed
you had reformed
they had reformed
Future
I will reform
you will reform
he/she/it will reform
we will reform
you will reform
they will reform
Future Perfect
I will have reformed
you will have reformed
he/she/it will have reformed
we will have reformed
you will have reformed
they will have reformed
Future Continuous
I will be reforming
you will be reforming
he/she/it will be reforming
we will be reforming
you will be reforming
they will be reforming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been reforming
you have been reforming
he/she/it has been reforming
we have been reforming
you have been reforming
they have been reforming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been reforming
you will have been reforming
he/she/it will have been reforming
we will have been reforming
you will have been reforming
they will have been reforming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been reforming
you had been reforming
he/she/it had been reforming
we had been reforming
you had been reforming
they had been reforming
Conditional
I would reform
you would reform
he/she/it would reform
we would reform
you would reform
they would reform
Past Conditional
I would have reformed
you would have reformed
he/she/it would have reformed
we would have reformed
you would have reformed
they would have reformed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reform - a change for the better as a result of correcting abusesreform - a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses; "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"
improvement - the act of improving something; "their improvements increased the value of the property"
land reform - a redistribution of agricultural land (especially by government action)
moralisation, moralization - the act of making moral (or more moral); "for years she worked toward the moralization of English literature"
housecleaning - (figurative) the act of reforming by the removal of unwanted personnel or practices or conditions; "more housecleaning is in store at other accounting firms"; "many employees were discharged in a general housecleaning by the new owners"
2.reform - a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices; "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
crusade, campaign, cause, drive, effort, movement - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"
3.reform - self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice; "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"
self-improvement, self-reformation - the act of improving yourself
Verb1.reform - make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices; "reform a political system"
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, amend, better - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
reform - improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition; "reform the health system in this country"
2.reform - 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"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
see the light, straighten out, reform - change for the better; "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
moralise, moralize - improve the morals of
3.reform - produce by cracking; "reform gas"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
4.reform - break up the molecules of; "reform oil"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
change integrity - change in physical make-up
5.reform - improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition; "reform the health system in this country"
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, amend, better - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
reform - make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices; "reform a political system"
6.reform - change for the better; "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, better - get better; "The weather improved toward evening"
reform, regenerate, reclaim, rectify - 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"

reform

verb
2. mend your ways, go straight (informal), shape up (informal), get it together (informal), turn over a new leaf, get your act together (informal), clean up your act (informal), pull your socks up (Brit. informal), get back on the straight and narrow (informal) Under such a system where is the incentive to reform?

reform

verb
To make right what is wrong:
Translations
إصلاحإصْلاحاتيُصْلِح
reformazlepšenínápravanapravitpolepšit se
forbedreforbedre sigforbedring
reformiuudistaauudistuauudistus
reformareformirati
reform
bæta ráî sittbæta; betraumbót
pasikeitęspasitaisęspertvarkytojasreformareformacija
labotlabotiespāraudzinātuzlabot
polepšiť sareforma
preureditireforma
düzelmekıslah etmekıslah olmakıslahatreform

reform

[rɪˈfɔːm]
A. Nreforma f
see also land
B. VT [+ law, institution, person] → reformar; [+ conduct] → corregir
C. VI [person] → reformarse
D. CPD Reform Jew Njudio/a m/f reformista
Reform Judaism Njudaísmo m reformista
reform law Nley f de reforma
reform movement Nmovimiento m de reforma
reform school N (US) → reformatorio m

reform

[rɪˈfɔːrm]
nréforme f
He called for the reform of the divorce laws → Il a appelé à la réforme des lois sur le divorce.
economic reform → réforme économique
constitutional reform → réforme constitutionnelle
electoral reform → réforme électorale
vt
(= change) [+ law, system] → réformer
(= form again) [+ band, organization] → reformer
vi
(= change) [person] → s'amender
[ˌriːˈfɔːrm] (= form again) [group, organization] → se reformer
modif [bill] → de réforme; [programme] → de réformes; [legislation] → réformateur/trice; [campaign] → de réformes; [group, movement] → réformateur/trice
a reform package → un train de réformes

reform

nReform f; (of person)Besserung f; reform measuresReformmaßnahmen pl; reform school (Brit dated, US) → Besserungsanstalt f ? land reform
vt law, institutions, services, spelling systemreformieren; society alsoverbessern; conduct, personbessern
vi (person)sich bessern

reform

[rɪˈfɔːm]
1. nriforma
2. vt (society, morals) → riformare; (criminal) → rieducare, ricuperare socialmente; (person's character) → correggere
3. vi (person) → emendarsi

reform

(rəˈfoːm) verb
1. to improve or remove faults from. The criminal's wife stated that she had made great efforts to reform her husband.
2. to give up bad habits, improve one's behaviour etc. He admitted that he had been a criminal, but said that he intended to reform.
noun
1. the act of improving. the reform of our political system.
2. an improvement. He intends to make several reforms in the prison system.
ˌreforˈmation (refə-) noun
reˈformed adjective
(negative unreformed) improved, especially in behaviour.
reˈformer noun
a person who wishes to bring about improvements. one of the reformers of our political system.

reform

n. reforma, cambio;
v. reformar, cambiar; reformarse.
References in classic literature ?
If each generation were allowed and expected to build its own houses, that single change, comparatively unimportant in itself, would imply almost every reform which society is now suffering for.
The besom of reform hath swept him out of office, and a worthier successor wears his dignity and pockets his emoluments.
He had been a reform member of the city council, he had been a Greenbacker, a Labor Unionist, a Populist, a Bryanite--and after thirty years of fighting, the year 1896 had served to convince him that the power of concentrated wealth could never be controlled, but could only be destroyed.
Practically speaking, the opponents to a reform in Massachusetts are not a hundred thousand politicians at the South, but a hundred thousand merchants and farmers here, who are more interested in commerce and agriculture than they are in humanity, and are not prepared to do justice to the slave and to Mexico, cost what it may.
I wanted to think that out; and more- over I wanted to think out some way to reform this evil and persuade the people to let the foolish fashion die out; but thinking was out of the question in the circumstances.
The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way of example.
He said he reckoned a body could reform the old man with a shotgun, maybe, but he didn't know no other way.
He cried, he pleaded for forgiveness, promised to reform over and over again, and then received his dismissal, feeling that he had won but an imperfect forgiveness and established but a feeble confidence.
which he was always trying to reform him, and was toting
I had not long been a reader of the "Liberator," before I got a pretty correct idea of the principles, measures and spirit of the anti-slavery reform.
Why don't he, in such a case, sell his horses, let his house, turn off his servants, and make a thorough reform at once?
The mistress visited her often in the interval, and commenced her plan of reform by trying to raise her self-respect with fine clothes and flattery, which she took readily; so that, instead of a wild, hatless little savage jumping into the house, and rushing to squeeze us all breathless, there 'lighted from a handsome black pony a very dignified person, with brown ringlets falling from the cover of a feathered beaver, and a long cloth habit, which she was obliged to hold up with both hands that she might sail in.