Re·form v. t. To put into a new and improved form or condition; to restore to a former good state, or bring from bad to good; to change from worse to better; to amend; to correct; as, to reform a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners or morals.
The example alone of a vicious prince will corrupt an age; but that of a good one will not reform it. --Swift.
Syn: -- To amend; correct; emend; rectify; mend; repair; better; improve; restore; reclaim.
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.
Re·form, n. Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government.
Civil service reform. See under Civil.
Reform acts Eng. Politics, acts of Parliament passed in 1832, 1867, 1884, 1885, extending and equalizing popular representation in Parliament.
Reform school, a school established by a state or city government, for the confinement, instruction, and reformation of juvenile offenders, and of young persons of idle, vicious, and vagrant habits. [U. S.]
Syn: -- Reformation; amendment; rectification; correction. See Reformation.
n 1: a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses;
"justice was for sale before the reform of the law
2: a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices; "the
reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
3: self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some
vice; "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"
v 1: make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and
injustices; "reform a political system"
2: bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of
life, conduct, and adopt a right one; "The Church reformed
me"; "reform your conduct" [syn: reclaim, regenerate,
3: produce by cracking; "reform gas"
4: break up the molecules of; "reform oil"
5: improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and
put into a better condition; "reform the health system in
6: change for the better; "The lazy student promised to
reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
[syn: straighten out, see the light]