amended by removal of faults, abuses, etc.
improved in conduct, morals, etc.
(initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to Protestant churches, especially Calvinist as distinguished from Lutheran.
verb (used with or without object)
to form again.
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.
of or designating a Protestant Church, esp the Calvinist as distinct from the Lutheran
of or designating Reform Judaism
(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
to form anew
noun 1. a Protestant denomination having a Calvinist theology and originally called the Dutch Reformed Church.
noun 1. a revised orthography intended to simplify the spelling of English words, especially to eliminate unpronounced letters, as by substituting thru for through, tho for though, slo for slow, etc.
noun 1. a person devoted to bringing about reform, as in politics or society. 2. (initial capital letter) any of the leaders of the Reformation. verb (used with or without object) 1. to form again. verb 1. to form anew
noun 1. an English salt-glazed stoneware flask of the early 19th century formed as an effigy of one of the figures connected with the Reform Bill of 1832.