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[ree-fawrm] /riˈfɔrm/
verb (used with or 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-formation
Historical Examples
  • They are not motionless, but in constant vibration and re-formation, like smoke drifts.

    Ghosts I Have Seen Violet Tweedale
  • The presidential campaign of the following summer, 1856, showed a striking disintegration and re-formation of political groups.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I. John T. Morse
  • The Windover word for what had happened to Job was re-formation.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • I had next to determine whether aught remained to indicate the period of its re-formation.

  • But a cavalry charge has to end in a re-formation, and that is the instant of danger if any unbroken enemy remains within range.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The true period of the re-formation of the deposit was, I can have no doubt, that of the boulder-clay.

  • This is the way in which astronomers now generally conceive the destruction and re-formation of worlds.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • The study of its re-formation has added to our knowledge of the regeneration of animal tissue.

    The Ranidae Unknown
  • It abolished tithes and the religious orders, and forbade the re-formation of the latter in the future.

British Dictionary definitions for re-formation


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

early 15c., from re- + formation.



"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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