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Definitions of reform

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses; "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice; "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices; "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. change for the better; "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. make reforms in by removing abuse and injustices; "reform a political system" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition; "reform the health system in this country" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. produce by cracking; "reform gas" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices; "reform a political system" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. break up the molecules of; "reform oil" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To return to a good state; to amend or correct one's own character or habits; as, a man of settled habits of vice will seldom reform. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Change for the better, as in character or politics. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To change from bad to good; make better; free from evils and abuses. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. To give up evil for good. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Reformative. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. To form again or anew: to transform: to make better: to remove that which is objectionable from: to repair or improve: to reclaim. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. To become better: to abandon evil: to be corrected or improved. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. A forming anew: change, amendment, improvement. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Amendment; improvement. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Reformation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. To amend; correct; reclaim. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. To become better; be corrected. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. To form anew. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. To make better morally; free from evils or abuses. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. An act or result of reformation; change for the better. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. To form again. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. A changing for the better; amendment; an extension and more equable distribution of the franchise. Reform school, a reformatory. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. To change from worse to better, or to bring from a bad to a good state; to amend; to correct. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. To abandon that which is evil or corrupt; to be amended. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. To change from bad to good, or from worse to better; to change or return to a former good state; to be amended or corrected; to amend; to correct; to reclaim. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. Advocating or supporting reform. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. A change from worse to better; amendment. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  35. To correct, rectify, amend, remodel. Instruments inter partes may be reformed, when defective, by a court of equity. By this Is meant that the court, after ascertaining the real and original intention of the parties to a deed or other instrument, (which intention they failed to sufficiently express, through some error, mistake of fact, or inadvertence,) will decree that the Instrument be held and construed as if it fully and technically expressed that intention See Sullivan T. Haskin, 70 Vt 487, 41 Atl. REFORM 1006 thelawdictionary.org
  36. r[=e]-form', v.t. to form again or anew: to transform: to make better: to remove that which is objectionable from: to repair or improve: to reclaim.--v.i. to become better: to abandon evil: to be corrected or improved.--n. a forming anew: change, amendment, improvement: an extension or better distribution of parliamentary representation, as in the Reform Bill.--adj. REFOR'MABLE.--n. REFORM[=A]'TION, the act of forming again: the act of reforming: amendment: improvement: the great religious revolution of the 16th century, which gave rise to the various evangelical or Protestant organisations of Christendom.--adjs. REFOR'M[=A]TIVE, forming again or anew: tending to produce reform; REFOR'M[=A]TORY, reforming: tending to produce reform.--n. an institution for reclaiming youths and children who have been convicted of crime.--adj. REFORMED', formed again or anew: changed: amended: improved: denoting the churches formed after the Reformation, esp. those in which the Calvinistic doctrines, and still more the Calvinistic polity, prevail, in contradistinction to the Lutheran.--ns. REFOR'MER, one who reforms: one who advocates political reform: one of those who took part in the Reformation of the 16th century; REFOR'MIST, a reformer.--REFORMED PRESBYTERIANS, a Presbyterian denomination originating in Scotland (see CAMERONIAN); REFORM SCHOOL, a reformatory. [L. re-, again, form[=a]re, to shape--forma, form.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  37. Make (person, institution, procedure, conduct, oneself) or (of person or body of persons) become better by removal or abandonment of imperfections, faults, or errors (reformed churches, see REFORMATION); abolish, cure, (abuse, malpractice). Hence reformable a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  38. Removal of abuse (s) esp. in politics (R. Bill, Act, those of 1831-2 amending parliamentary representation); improvement made or suggested. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  39. R. Club, former head-quarters of the Liberal party (cf. *Carlton, *National Liberal). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  40. n. Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; rectification; correction. Cabinet Dictionary

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