Reform - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈfɔːrm|  American pronunciation of the word reform
Brit.  |rɪˈfɔːm|  British pronunciation of the word reform


- a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses
- a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
- self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice


- make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
- bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one(syn: reclaim, rectify, regenerate)
- produce by cracking
- break up the molecules of
- improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
- change for the better


The program is designed to reform prisoners.

They want to reform campaign spending.

The laws need to be reformed.

The program is designed to help former gang members who are trying to reform.

A group of senators are calling for reform of the nation's health-care system.

He has proposed a list of political reforms.

He promised to reform.

We will try to reform him within the community.

Greeley says he's a genuinely reformed character.

plans to radically reform the tax system

The government announced a much-needed programme of economic reform.

Reforms were made to revive the economy.

The Prime Minister is calling for sweeping reforms of the NHS.

justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts

the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians

Word forms

I/you/we/they: reform
he/she/it: reforms
present participle: reforming
past tense: reformed
past participle: reformed
singular: reform
plural: reforms
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