American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition.
- v. To abolish abuse or malpractice in: reform the government.
- v. To put an end to (a wrong). See Synonyms at correct.
- v. To cause (a person) to give up harmful or immoral practices; persuade to adopt a better way of life.
- v. To change for the better.
- n. A change for the better; an improvement.
- n. Correction of evils, abuses, or errors.
- n. Action to improve social or economic conditions without radical or revolutionary change.
- adj. Relating to or favoring reform: a reform candidate for mayor.
- adj. Of or relating to Reform Judaism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To form again or anew; remake; reconstruct; renew.
- To restore to the natural or regular order or arrangement: as, to reform broken or scattered troops.
- To restore to a former and better state, or to bring from a bad to a good state; change from worse to better; improve by alteration, rearrangement, reconstruction, or abolition of defective parts or imperfect conditions, or by substitution of something better; amend; correct: as, to reform, a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners of morals; to reform the corrupt orthography of English or French.
- To abandon, remove, or abolish for something better.
- To mend, in a physical sense; repair.
- To correct.
- Synonyms Improve, Better, etc. (see amend), repair, reclaim, remodel.
- To form again; get into order or line again; resume order, as troops or a procession.
- To abandon that which is evil or corrupt and return to that which is good; change from worse to better; be amended or redeemed.
- n. Any proceeding which either brings back a better order of things or reconstructs the present order to advantage; amendment of what is defective, vicious, depraved, or corrupt; a change from worse to better; reformation: as, to introduce reforms in sanitary matters; to be an advocate of reform.
- n. Synonyms Amendment, etc. See reformation.
- n. Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government.
- v. 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.
- v. To return to a good state; to amend or correct one's own character or habits; as, a person of settled habits of vice will seldom reform.
- v. transitive, intransitive To form again or in a new configuration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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
- v. To return to a good state; to amend or correct one's own character or habits.
- n. Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation.
- n. a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
- n. self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice
- v. improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
- v. bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
- v. break up the molecules of
- v. change for the better
- v. produce by cracking
- n. a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses
- v. make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
- French réforme (Wiktionary)
- Middle English reformen, from Old French reformer, from Latin refōrmāre : re-, re- + fōrmāre, to shape (from fōrma, form). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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““We do not use the term reform school,” Annie explains.”
“There are so many things that will have to be tackled, and they have to be reformed, in the right sense of the term "reform," not just a superficial one, but deep reform that would bring back--compensate for what we have lost for so many years and build a new Egyptian society.”
“As the former chairman of the House Education Committee, I have been closely watching this crucial campaign unfold, and I have been increasingly dismayed by those who have tried to shroud an anti-public-education agenda under the veneer of the term "reform.”
“But thanks to the mudslinging campaign in Denver, we are seeing the term "reform" hijacked, with it now being distorted to mean everything from defunding neighborhood schools to demonizing teachers to siphoning money out of public education entirely.”
“April 25th, 2010 4: 11 pm ET the repubs only want there views heard they scream about immigration reform and when asked to participate in reform they say NO but they say NO to any reform from a to z why dont they just stay home and pine for the days of GWB when nothing was done for the midle class and no millionair was left behid”
“One important first step in reform is taking place as we speak, the Protestant Churches of America in 2004 voted to begin divesting in companies which are supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”
“Their real intention was to access opposition members of parliament and what they term reform-minded ZANU-PF MPs for direct sponsorship for destabilization, the source claimed.”
“Comprehensive immigration reform is code for amnesty again.”
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