the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.:
social reform; spelling reform.
an instance of this.
the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.
verb (used with object)
to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc.
to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.
to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).
Chemistry. to subject to the process of reforming, as in refining petroleum.
verb (used without object)
to abandon evil conduct or error:
The drunkard promised to reform.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Reform Jews or Reform Judaism:
a Reform rabbi.
(transitive) to improve (an existing institution, law, practice, etc) by alteration or correction of abuses
to give up or cause to give up a reprehensible habit or immoral way of life
(chem) to change the molecular structure of (a hydrocarbon) to make it suitable for use as petrol by heat, pressure, and the action of catalysts
an improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices
a principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change
improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice
verb (used with object), managed, managing. 1. to bring about or succeed in accomplishing, sometimes despite difficulty or hardship: She managed to see the governor. How does she manage it on such a small income? 2. to take charge or care of: to manage my investments. 3. to dominate or influence (a person) by tact, […]
noun 1. consideration for oneself or one’s own interests. 2. self-respect. noun 1. concern for one’s own interest 2. proper esteem for oneself
noun 1. consideration for oneself or one’s own interests. 2. self-respect. self-regarding adjective 1. self-centred; egotistical 2. (philosophy) (of an action) affecting the interests of no-one other than the agent, and hence, according to John Stuart Mill, immune from moral criticism noun 1. concern for one’s own interest 2. proper esteem for oneself
[self-rej-uh-ster-ing, -string, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈrɛdʒ ə stər ɪŋ, -strɪŋ, ˌsɛlf-/ adjective 1. registering automatically, as an instrument; self-recording.