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