I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French refurmer, from Latin reformare, from re- + formare to form, from forma form Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to put or change into an improved form or condition b. to amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses 2. to put an end to (an evil) by enforcing or introducing a better method or course of action 3. to induce or cause to abandon evil ways <
reform a drunkard
4. a. to subject (hydrocarbons) to cracking b. to produce (as gasoline or gas) by cracking intransitive verb to become changed for the better Synonyms: see correctreformability nounreformable adjective II. noun Date: 1663 1. amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved 2. a removal or correction of an abuse, a wrong, or errors 3. capitalized Reform Judaism III. adjective Date: 1819 relating to or favoring reform

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Reform — Re*form , v. i. To return to a good state; to amend or correct one s own character or habits; as, a man of settled habits of vice will seldom reform. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reform. — reform. = reformiert. * * * reform. = reformiert …   Universal-Lexikon

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