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[ree-fawrm] /riˈfɔrm/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to form again.
Origin of re-form
1300-50; Middle English; orig. identical with reform
Related forms
re-formation, noun
re-former, noun
Can be confused
re-form, reform. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for re-form
Contemporary Examples
  • Or perhaps the diaspora of talent will re-form and succeed while the companies who ejected them collapse and disappear.

Historical Examples
  • After ten hours' march, we arrived at the convent of Santa Maria, where we set to work to re-form our command.

    Rule of the Monk Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • "I intended to re-form them beyond the village, your excellency," answered the general.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Pausing on the eastern bank only long enough to re-form, the lines again rolled forward.

  • Forthwith the battalions began to re-form, and in every company the roll was called.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • Before the action closed, it was necessary to re-form the crew of the after pivot gun four times.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • The Dervish line, broken by the charge, began to re-form at once.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • He was evidently issuing orders to re-form the broken lines.

  • It will be the work of the future to arrange, and if necessary to re-form, these various groups.

    The Criminal Havelock Ellis
  • It does not appear that any substantial attempt to re-form was made by the French.

British Dictionary definitions for re-form


to form anew
Derived Forms
re-formation, noun
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Word Origin and History for re-form

"form again," mid-14c., from re- + form (v.). Related: Re-formed; re-forming; re-formation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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