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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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