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REFORM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reform mean? 

REFORM (noun)
  The noun REFORM has 3 senses:

1. a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses
2. a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
3. self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice

  Familiarity information: REFORM used as a noun is uncommon.


REFORM (verb)
  The verb REFORM has 6 senses:

1. make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
2. bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
3. produce by cracking
4. break up the molecules of
5. improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
6. change for the better

  Familiarity information: REFORM used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


REFORM (noun)


Sense 1reform [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A change for the better as a result of correcting abuses

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts

Hypernyms ("reform" is a kind of...):

improvement (the act of improving something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reform"):

land reform (a redistribution of agricultural land (especially by government action))

moralisation; moralization (the act of making moral (or more moral))

housecleaning ((figurative) the act of reforming by the removal of unwanted personnel or practices or conditions)


Sense 2reform [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians

Hypernyms ("reform" is a kind of...):

campaign; cause; crusade; drive; effort; movement (a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end)


Sense 3reform [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform

Hypernyms ("reform" is a kind of...):

self-improvement; self-reformation (the act of improving yourself)


REFORM (verb)


Sense 1reform [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

reform a political system

Hypernyms (to "reform" is one way to...):

ameliorate; amend; better; improve; meliorate (to make better)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2reform [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

reform; reclaim; rectify; regenerate

Context examples:

The Church reformed me / reform your conduct

Hypernyms (to "reform" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reform"):

moralise; moralize (improve the morals of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3reform [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Produce by cracking

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

reform gas

Hypernyms (to "reform" is one way to...):

create from raw material; create from raw stuff (make from scratch)

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4reform [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break up the molecules of

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

reform oil

Hypernyms (to "reform" is one way to...):

change integrity (change in physical make-up)

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5reform [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

reform the health system in this country

Hypernyms (to "reform" is one way to...):

ameliorate; amend; better; improve; meliorate (to make better)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6reform [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change for the better

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

see the light; straighten out; reform

Context examples:

The lazy student promised to reform / the habitual cheater finally saw the light

Hypernyms (to "reform" is one way to...):

ameliorate; better; improve; meliorate (get better)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


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