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v. re·formed, re·form·ing, re·forms
1. To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition: reform the tax code.
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.
To change for the better.
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.
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.


The catalytic conversion of hydrocarbon molecules into other products
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With this before me by way of example, I was persuaded that it would indeed be preposterous for a private individual to think of reforming a state by fundamentally changing it throughout, and overturning it in order to set it up amended; and the same I thought was true of any similar project for reforming the body of the sciences, or the order of teaching them established in the schools: but as for the opinions which up to that time I had embraced, I thought that I could not do better than resolve at once to sweep them wholly away, that I might afterwards be in a position to admit either others more correct, or even perhaps the same when they had undergone the scrutiny of reason.
The report builds on the broad principles for reforming congressional and legislative redistricting in the 2005 report, "The Shape of Representative Democracy.
The restrictions of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families PSE policy, coupled with the recognition that college participation should be an option for qualified welfare recipients, influenced the emergence of many successful state and county-level movements focused on reforming welfare reform PSE policy.
But the administration also has quietly abandoned key elements - such as eliminating 88 boards and commissions and reforming a tax-assistance program for elderly and low-income homeowners.
For years, we have worked hard toward reforming asbestos litigation, product-liability suits, medical liability and class-action [lawsuits] ," said IIABA chief executive officer Robert Rusbuldt.