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re-form /riˈfɔrm/USA pronunciation
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re•form /rɪˈfɔrm/USA pronunciation
- to form again: [~ + object]The general re-formed his troops.[no object]The troops re-formed.
- the improvement, changing, or removing of what is wrong, evil, unsatisfactory, etc.:[uncountable]urging social reform.
- an instance of this:[countable]some long overdue reforms in the tax codes.
- to change to a better state, form, etc.:[~ + object]to reform the corrupt system.
- to (cause a person to) abandon wrong or evil ways: [no object]He promised to reform and live honestly.[~ + object]Could he reform his evil ways?
re•form•er, n. [countable]See -form-.
- Judaism[before a noun; Reform] conforming to or characteristic of a movement in Judaism that simplifies or rejects some traditional beliefs and practices to meet the conditions of contemporary life.
(rē fôrm′),USA pronunciation v.t., v.i.
- to form again.
(ri fôrm′),USA pronunciation n.
- 1300–50; Middle English; origin, originally identical with reform
- the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.:social reform; spelling reform.
- an instance of this.
- the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.
- to change to a better state, form, etc.;
improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc.
- to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.
- to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).
- Chemistryto subject to the process of reforming, as in refining petroleum.
- to abandon evil conduct or error:The drunkard promised to reform.
re•form′a•bil′i•ty, re•form′a•ble•ness, n.
- Judaism(cap.) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Reform Jews or Reform Judaism:a Reform rabbi.
- French réforme
- Latin refōrmāre (see re-, form); (noun, nominal) partly derivative of the verb, verbal, partly
- Middle French reformer, Old French
- (verb, verbal) Middle English reformen 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged correction, reformation, betterment, amelioration.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged better, rectify, correct, amend, emend, ameliorate, repair, restore.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deterioration.
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reform /rɪˈfɔːm/ vb
- (transitive) to improve (an existing institution, law, practice, etc) by alteration or correction of abuses
- to give up or cause to give up a reprehensible habit or immoral way of life
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Latin reformāre to form againreˈformable adj reˈformative adj reˈformer n
- an improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices
- a principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change
- improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice
re-form /riːˈfɔːm/ vb
- to form anew
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