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re-form /riˈfɔrm/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to form again: [+ object]The general re-formed his troops.[no object]The troops re-formed.

re•form /rɪˈfɔrm/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the improvement, changing, or removing of what is wrong, evil, unsatisfactory, etc.:[uncountable]urging social reform.
  2. an instance of this:[countable]some long overdue reforms in the tax codes.

  1. to change to a better state, form, etc.:[+ object]to reform the corrupt system.
  2. 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?

  1. 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.
re•form•er, n. [countable]See -form-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
re-form  (rē fôrm),USA pronunciation v.t., v.i. 
  1. to form again.
re′-for•mation, n. 
re-former, n. 
  • 1300–50; Middle English; origin, originally identical with reform

re•form  (ri fôrm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.:social reform; spelling reform.
  2. an instance of this.
  3. the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.

  1. to change to a better state, form, etc.;
    improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc.
  2. to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.
  3. to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).
  4. Chemistryto subject to the process of reforming, as in refining petroleum.

  1. to abandon evil conduct or error:The drunkard promised to reform.

  1. Judaism(cap.) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Reform Jews or Reform Judaism:a Reform rabbi.
re•forma•ble, adj. 
re•form′a•bili•ty, re•forma•ble•ness, n. 
re•forma•tive, adj. 
re•forma•tive•ly, adv. 
re•forma•tive•ness, n. 
re•forming•ly, adv. 
  • 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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

reform /rɪˈfɔːm/ vb
  1. (transitive) 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
  1. an improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices
  2. a principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change
  3. improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Latin reformāre to form again

reˈformable adj reˈformative adj reˈformer n

re-form /riːˈfɔːm/ vb
  1. to form anew

ˌre-forˈmation n

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