reform - definition and synonyms

 
verb 

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/rɪˈfɔː(r)m/
present tense
I/you/we/theyreform
he/she/itreforms
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 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.