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verb British English pronunciation: reform /rɪˈfɔː(r)m/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereforming
past tensereformed
past participlereformed

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  1. 1
    [transitive] to improve a situation by correcting things that are wrong or unfair, or to make a system work more effectively

    The healthcare system must be radically reformed.

    a proposal to reform tax laws

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to change your own or someone else's behaviour, so that it is no longer illegal or harmful

    The prison system is not designed to reform criminals.

    She expressed a determination to reform.

    a reformed alcoholic/gambler

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