verb (used with object)
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.).
to subject to the process of reforming
, as in refining petroleum.
(v.) Middle English reformen
< Middle French reformer, Old French
< Latin refōrmāre
); (noun) partly derivative of the v., partly < French réforme
reformable, adjectivereformability, reformableness, nounreformative, adjectivereformatively, adverbreformativeness, nounreformingly, adverbantireform, adjectivemisreform, verbprereform, adjectiveproreform, adjectiveself-reform, nounsuperreform, noun, verb (used with object)unreformable, adjectiveunreformative, adjective
Can be confused
correction, reformation, betterment, amelioration. 4.
better, rectify, correct, amend, emend, ameliorate, repair, restore.