What is the meaning of reform?


  • A change for the better as a result of correcting abuses.
    • usage: "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"
  • A campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices.
    • usage: "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
  • Self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice.
    • usage: "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"


  • Make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices.
    • usage: "reform a political system"
  • Bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one.
    • usage: "The Church reformed me"; "reform your conduct"
  • Produce by cracking.
    • usage: "reform gas"
  • Break up the molecules of.
    • usage: "reform oil"
  • Improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition.
    • usage: "reform the health system in this country"
  • Change for the better.
    • usage: "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
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