What is 'Reform'?

Well, the dictionary will tell you:

re·form (r-fôrm)
v. re·formed, re·form·ing, re·forms

  1. To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition.
  • To abolish abuse or malpractice in: reform the government.
  • To put an end to (a wrong). See Synonyms at correct.
  1. To cause (a person) to give up harmful or immoral practices; persuade to adopt a better way of life.
  • To change for the better.
  • n. : definition
  1. A change for the better; an improvement.
  2. Correction of evils, abuses, or errors.
  3. Action to improve social or economic conditions without radical or revolutionary change.


  1. Relating to or favoring reform: a reform candidate for mayor.
  2. Reform Of or relating to Reform Judaism.

[Middle English reformen, from Old French reformer, from Latin refrmre : re-, re- + frmre, to shape (from frma, form).]
re·forma·bili·ty n.
re·forma·ble adj.
re·former n.

: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. : full source reference
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