HyperDic: reform

English > 9 senses of the word reform:
NOUNactreforma change for the better as a result of correcting abuses
actreforma campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
actreformself-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice / vice
VERBchangereformmake changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
changereform, reclaim, regenerate, rectifybring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
changereformproduce by cracking
changereformbreak up the molecules of
changereformimprove by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
changereform, straighten out, see the lightchange for the better
reform > pronunciation
Soundsrahfao'rm; rihfao'rm
Rhymesbarnstorm ... windstorm: 29 rhymes with aorm...
English > reform: 9 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningA change for the better as a result of correcting abuses.
Example"justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"
Narrowerhousecleaning(figurative) the act of reforming by the removal of unwanted personnel or practices or conditions
land reformA redistribution of agricultural land (especially by government action)
moralization, moralisationThe act of making moral (or more moral)
BroaderimprovementThe act of improving something
Spanishreforma
Catalanreforma
Verbsreformmake changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
reformimprove by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
English > reform: 9 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningA campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices.
Example"the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
Broadercampaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effortA series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
Spanishreforma
Catalanreforma
Verbsreformmake changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
English > reform: 9 senses > noun 3, act
Meaningself-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice / vice.
Example"the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"
Broaderself-improvement, self-reformationThe act of improving yourself
Verbsreformchange for the better
reformbring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
English > reform: 9 senses > verb 1, change
Meaningmake changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"reform a political system"
Broaderbetter, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateTo make better
Similar toreformimprove by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
Spanishreformar, remodelar
Catalanreformar, remodelar
Adjectivesreformativetending to reform
Nounsreforma change for the better as a result of correcting abuses
reforma campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
reformationrescuing from error and returning to a rightful course
reformer, reformista disputant who advocates reform
English > reform: 9 senses > verb 2, change
MeaningBring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "The Church reformed me"
  • "reform your conduct"
Synonymsreclaim, regenerate, rectify
Narrowermoralize, moraliseimprove the morals of
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Similar toreform, straighten out, see the lightchange for the better
Catalanreformar, regenerar
Adjectivesreformative, reformatorytending to reform
Nounsreformself-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice / vice
reformationrescuing from error and returning to a rightful course
reformista disputant who advocates reform
English > reform: 9 senses > verb 3, change
Meaningproduce by cracking.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"reform gas"
Categorychemistry, chemical scienceThe science of matter
Broadercreate from raw material, create from raw stuffmake from scratch
English > reform: 9 senses > verb 4, change
MeaningBreak up the molecules of.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"reform oil"
Categorychemistry, chemical scienceThe science of matter
Broaderchange integritychange in physical make-up
Spanishcambiar de forma, reformar
Nounsreformeran apparatus that reforms the molecular structure of hydrocarbons to produce richer fuel
English > reform: 9 senses > verb 5, change
Meaningimprove by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"reform the health system in this country"
Broaderbetter, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateTo make better
Similar toreformmake changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
Spanishreformar
Catalanreformar
Nounsreforma change for the better as a result of correcting abuses
reformationimprovement (or an intended improvement) in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices etc.
reformista disputant who advocates reform
English > reform: 9 senses > verb 6, change
Meaningchange for the better.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Example"The lazy student promised to reform"
Synonymsstraighten out, see the light
Broaderbetter, improve, ameliorate, meliorateGet better
Similar toreform, reclaim, regenerate, rectifyBring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
Spanishcorregirse, enmendarse, reformarse, reformar, ver la luz
Catalanesmenar-se, reformar-se
Adjectivesreformatorytending to reform
Nounsreformself-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice / vice
reformationrescuing from error and returning to a rightful course

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