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English noun: reform

1. reform (act) a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses


SamplesJustice was for sale before the reform of the law courts.


Broader (hypernym)improvement


Narrower (hyponym)housecleaning, land reform, moralisation, moralization

2. reform (act) a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices


SamplesThe reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians.


Broader (hypernym)campaign, cause, crusade, drive, effort, movement

3. reform (act) self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice


SamplesThe family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform.


Broader (hypernym)self-improvement, self-reformation


English verb: reform

1. reform (change) make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices


SamplesReform a political system.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate


Verb groupreform

2. reform (change) bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one


SamplesThe Church reformed me.
Reform your conduct.


Synonymsreclaim, rectify, regenerate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)moralise, moralize


Verb groupreform, see the light, straighten out

3. reform (change) produce by cracking


SamplesReform gas.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create from raw material, create from raw stuff


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

4. reform (change) break up the molecules of


SamplesReform oil.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change integrity


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

5. reform (change) improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition


SamplesReform the health system in this country.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate


Verb groupreform

6. reform (change) change for the better


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


Synonymssee the light, straighten out


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate


Verb groupreclaim, rectify, reform, regenerate









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