• WordNet 3.6
    • v reform change for the better "The lazy student promised to reform","the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
    • v reform make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices "reform a political system"
    • v reform improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition "reform the health system in this country"
    • v reform break up the molecules of "reform oil"
    • v reform produce by cracking "reform gas"
    • v reform 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"
    • n reform a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"
    • n reform self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"
    • n reform a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word 'cappuccino' is the result of several derivations, the original of which began in 16th century. The Capuchin order of friars, established after 1525, played an important role in bringing Catholicism back to Reformation Europe. Its Italian name came from the long, pointed cowl, or cappuccino, derived from cappuccino, "hood," that was worn as part of the order's habit. The French version of cappuccino was capuchin, from which came English Capuchin. In Italian cappuccino went on to describe espresso coffee mixed or topped with steamed milk or cream, so called because the color of the coffee resembled the color of the habit of a Capuchin friar. The first use of cappuccino in English is recorded in 1948 in a work about San Francisco. There is also the story line that says that the term comes from the fact that the coffee is dark, like the monk's robe, and the cap is likened to the color of the monk's head.
    • n Reform Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government.
    • v. t Reform 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."
    • v. i Reform 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 .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reform To form again or anew; remake; reconstruct; renew.
    • reform To restore to the natural or regular order or arrangement: as, to reform broken or scattered troops.
    • reform To restore to a former and better state, or to bring from a bad to a good state; change from worse to better; improve by alteration, rearrangement, reconstruction, or abolition of defective parts or imperfect conditions, or by substitution of something better; amend; correct: as, to reform, a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners of morals; to reform the corrupt orthography of English or French.
    • reform To abandon, remove, or abolish for something better.
    • reform To mend, in a physical sense; repair.
    • reform To correct.
    • reform Synonyms Improve, Better, etc. (see amend), repair, reclaim, remodel.
    • reform To form again; get into order or line again; resume order, as troops or a procession.
    • reform To abandon that which is evil or corrupt and return to that which is good; change from worse to better; be amended or redeemed.
    • n reform Any proceeding which either brings back a better order of things or reconstructs the present order to advantage; amendment of what is defective, vicious, depraved, or corrupt; a change from worse to better; reformation: as, to introduce reforms in sanitary matters; to be an advocate of reform.
    • n reform Synonyms Amendment, etc. See reformation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Reform rē-form′ to form again or anew: to transform: to make better: to remove that which is objectionable from: to repair or improve: to reclaim
    • v.i Reform to become better: to abandon evil: to be corrected or improved
    • n Reform a forming anew: change, amendment, improvement: an extension or better distribution of parliamentary representation, as in the Reform Bill
    • n Reform an institution for reclaiming youths and children who have been convicted of crime
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  • Mo Udall
    Mo Udall
    “Any change or reform you make is going to have consequence you don't like.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.”
  • Anne Sophie Swetchine
    “We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, which will itself need reforming.”
  • Norman Douglas
    “People who have reformed themselves has contributed their full share towards the reformation of their neighbor.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. réformer, L. reformare,; pref. re-, re- + formare, to form, from forma, form. See Form


In literature:

A handful of complacent, expensively educated young people playing at reform.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
To insure popular favor, he abolished the laws of the triumvirate, and reformed many abuses.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
If you do not wish to have your faults reformed, continue to be a Drunkard, and you will not care for good advice.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Here is a work for the gradual reformation of criminals and the industrial regeneration of India.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
On December 14 Lord John brought forward his first resolutions in favour of Reform.
"Lord John Russell" by Stuart J. Reid
Their platform was full of reform, even of the tariff, but on the latter subject it was less specific than the tariff reformers had hoped.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
He met, however, with poor success in reforming the evil.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
The way of the reformer is hard.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
Indeed, nearly all religious reformers in India propelled their reforms as anti-caste movements.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
You cannot reform an "organized appetite" except by reforming it away.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis

In poetry:

Ye beautiful Lakes of Killarney,
Ye are welcome to me again;
I will now reform my character,
And from all bad company refrain.
"The Irish Convict's Return" by William Topaz McGonagall
Hollowed like cradle, then like grave,
Now smoothly curved, now shapeless spray,
Withal the undirected wave
Forms, and reforms, and knows its way.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Troops will then reform and march away
To the thud of hoofs and heavy tread,
And the cross will reach towards the sky
Like a water-spout above our heads.
"Mary Magdalene II" by Boris Pasternak
By corp'ral smart and agonizing pain,
God saves the soul, and to its Saviour leads;
Where flowing bliss and endless joys remain
For him, who reformation's footsteps treads.
"Reasons To Persuade The Sick To Be Patient" by Rees Prichard
O do not use me
After my sinnes! look not on my desert,
But on thy glorie! then thou wilt reform,
And not refuse me: for thou onely art
The mighty God, but I a sillie worm: O do not bruise me!
"Sighs And Grones" by George Herbert
For 'tis in vain to sob and sigh,—
In vain to tremble and to cry,
When once we at the Judge's bar are cast : However loud we cry, there's nought
But strictest Justice to be got,
When once the time of reformation's past.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard

In news:

A motley diagnosis in need of reform.
He sees economic recovery as intimately linked with economic and social reform.
Find local events and the winners of "Best of Brattleboro " awards at Brattleboro Reformer.
New fee broached as a trade for tax reform and revenue.
Base- broadening tax reform is really hard.
Obama missed an opportunity on tax reform.
If health-care reform with an opt-out provision were to become law this year or next, one of the first states you might expect to exempt itself would be Texas.
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Reform Broth .
Many critics of President Obama's Race to the Top education reforms come from core constituencies of his own party.
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown's plan for pension reform.
The second reform relates to the burden of government.
Different way to pay for health reform.
Local medical society rates community thanks for discussing health care reform calmly , honestly.
Medical malpractice reform credited for lower caseload .
More than 8,000 people received cash assistance under the state's welfare reform program in September, the highest caseload since May 1999.

In science:

We shall call the pair of opposite functors F and G between two categories an adjunction with the same notation as for reform R : A →− B .
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
The composition maintains the property of thin reforms (−12) if the convergence in the middle space is simple.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
The composition maintains the property of thick reforms (+43) if the convergence in the middle space is entire.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
The composition maintains the property of binding reforms (+12) if the convergence in the middle space is covering.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
The composition maintains the property of parting reforms (−43) if the convergence in the middle space is exact.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence