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reformer

[ri-fawr-mer] /rɪˈfɔr mər/
noun
1.
a person devoted to bringing about reform, as in politics or society.
2.
(initial capital letter) any of the leaders of the Reformation.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; reform + -er1
Related forms
antireformer, noun
counterreformer, noun

re-form

[ree-fawrm] /riˈfɔrm/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to form again.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English; orig. identical with reform
Related forms
re-formation, noun
re-former, noun
Can be confused
re-form, reform.
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  • Which is why technology may be so attractive to some teaching reformers.
  • But again the realities of prison life contradicted the reformers' hopes.
  • Suppose you decide instead to produce the hydrogen at filling stations with small steam methane reformers.
  • In the view of reformers, this power was intended to be broad in scope.
  • Outspoken political and economic reformers have been shunned or imprisoned.
  • Over the last decade, food reformers have carved out a place for themselves on the high moral ground.
  • College costs are rising faster than even health costs, and reformers from left and right seek cost-cutting ideas.
  • Over the past generation reformers have tried heroically, and in many cases successfully, to end housing discrimination.
  • The police cracked down, shooting some demonstrators and arresting scores of dissidents and reformers.
  • The reformers have not been helped by the financial crisis.
British Dictionary definitions for reformers

re-form

/riːˈfɔːm/
verb
1.
to form anew
Derived Forms
re-formation, noun
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Word Origin and History for reformers

re-form

v.

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

reformer

n.

1540s, agent noun from reform (v.).

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