re-form

[ree-fawrm]

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; orig. identical with reform

re-formation, noun
re-former, noun

re-form, reform.
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reform

[ri-fawrm]
noun
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.
verb (used with object)
4.
to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc.
5.
to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.
6.
to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).
7.
Chemistry. to subject to the process of reforming, as in refining petroleum.
verb (used without object)
8.
to abandon evil conduct or error: The drunkard promised to reform.
adjective
9.
(initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Reform Jews or Reform Judaism: a Reform rabbi.

Origin:
1300–50; (v.) Middle English reformen < Middle French reformer, Old French < Latin refōrmāre (see re-, form); (noun) partly derivative of the v., partly < French réforme

reformable, adjective
reformability, reformableness, noun
reformative, adjective
reformatively, adverb
reformativeness, noun
reformingly, adverb
antireform, adjective
misreform, verb
prereform, adjective
proreform, adjective
self-reform, noun
superreform, noun, verb (used with object)
unreformable, adjective
unreformative, adjective

re-form, reform.


1. correction, reformation, betterment, amelioration. 4. better, rectify, correct, amend, emend, ameliorate, repair, restore.


1. deterioration.
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reform (rɪˈfɔːm)
 
vb
1.  (tr) 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
3.  chem to change the molecular structure of (a hydrocarbon) to make it suitable for use as petrol by heat, pressure, and the action of catalysts
 
n
4.  an improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices
5.  a principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change
6.  improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin reformāre to form again]
 
re'formable
 
adj
 
re'formative
 
adj
 
re'former
 
n

re-form (riːˈfɔːm)
 
vb
to form anew
 
re-for'mation
 
n

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Word Origin & History

reform
c.1300, "to convert into another and better form," from O.Fr. reformer (12c.), from L. reformare "to form again, change, alter," from re- "again" + formare "to form." The noun is 1660s, from the verb. Meaning "to bring (a person) away from an evil course of life" is recorded from early 15c.; of governments,
institutions, etc., from early 15c. Reformed churches (1588) usually are Calvinist as opposed to Lutheran. Reformed Judaism (1843) is a movement initiated in Germany by Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786). Reformatory "house of correction for juveniles" first recorded 1834. Reform school is attested from 1859.
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Example sentences
Unfortunately, the seafood industry has often blocked the road to reform.
In any event, to succeed, reform by law must aim at making it unprofitable to
  own a bad tenement.
He was interested in every social reform movement, and he did an immense amount
  of practical charitable work himself.
No one would dispute that the securities laws need reform.
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