- 1Make changes in (something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to improve it: an opportunity to reform and restructure an antiquated schooling modelMore example sentences
- Its aim was to help such countries to acquire technology and sustainability by reforming their institutions and improving their competitiveness.
- This means not only refurbishing existing institutions, reforming committees and the like, but building new political sites.
- A Westcliff security company has embarked on a campaign to reform working practices in the security business.
- 1.1Bring about a change in (someone) so that they no longer behave in an immoral, criminal, or self-destructive manner: the state has a duty to reform criminals (as adjective reformed) a reformed gamblerMore example sentences
- It's a semi-auto biographical novel about a cop, Detective chief Inspector Jack Priestley, and his best friend, reformed criminal Steve Blade.
- There is definitely enough money to set up institutions to reform people who are criminals.
- They took it in turns to visit the prison each day and to read from the Bible, believing that hearing the Bible had the power to reform people.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of a person) change oneself for the better: it was only when his drunken behavior led to blows that he started to reformMore example sentences
- I do not believe in the criminal's ability to reform, or their ability to name negative life factors as being a contributory factor to their crime.
- And the Grinch is so much fun when he's bad, it's something of a disappointment when he reforms, realising along with the rest of Whoville that Christmas is about more than spending money.
- In the end he reforms, because - to put it in Madonna terms - ‘efforts are made.’
- 2 Chemistry Subject (hydrocarbons) to a catalytic process in which straight-chain molecules are converted to branched forms for use in gasoline.More example sentences
- For example, hydrogen is made via electrolysis or by reforming hydrocarbons, and both methods take a lot of electricity - most of which comes from burning fossil fuels.
- The most polluting methods are the ones that rely on reforming hydrocarbons inside the car.
- Most fuel cells on the market combine atmospheric oxygen with hydrogen generated by reforming methanol or methane to make electricity, with water as a byproduct.
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- The action or process of reforming an institution or practice: the reform of the divorce laws economic reformsMore example sentences
- If we want continued economic success we must continue the process of economic reform.
- In this case constitutional reform or more representative institutions are undesirable, since they are as likely to impede as to accelerate modernisation.
- The process of economic reform had inevitably increased individual autonomy.
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- Of, denoting, or pertaining to Reform Judaism: a Reform rabbiMore example sentences
- Before becoming affiliated with a Reform Temple, I was a Messianic Jew, quote/unquote.
- At any rate, Gamaliel's liturgy has determined the form and much of the content of Jewish prayer, Reform as well as Orthodox, to the present day.
- Sephardic liturgy has an essential beauty and to me Reform is church-like - it's not genuine.
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- They are in essence moderate reformists who believe the party is reformable: one of the chapters in the book is a glowing tribute to the fairness of Premier Wen Jiabao, who was just a simple official at one time.
- The sustained popularity of Restoration drama had made the reformable rake and the miraculously converted tyrant familiar and acceptable, if not wholly ‘natural,’ characters by the 1740s.
- Instead, say the authors, militants should focus on reformable imbalances, such as agricultural subsidies.
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- Such concerns are all the more valid, considering the slight but visible difference detected even within the ruling circles between a more reformative party and a somewhat stability-oriented administration.
- For a film that professes to be about the street-fights of politics and the reformative power of youth, ‘Yuva’ manages to avoid, as far as possible, any direct look at sleaze and violence.
- In this regard, correctional and reformative efforts are being constantly carried out to suit the requirements of the prisoner welfare and rehabilitation programmes.
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- What does seem clear is that Simon was no great radical or social reformer.
- It unites clerics and revolutionaries, monks and social reformers.
- They have an inconvenient habit of refusing to follow where social reformers want to lead.
Middle English (as a verb in the senses 'restore (peace)' and 'bring back to the original condition'): from Old French reformer or Latin reformare, from re- 'back' + formare 'to form, shape'. The noun dates from the mid 17th century.