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verb [with object]
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 model bring 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 gambler [no object] (of a person) change oneself for the better:it was only when his drunken behavior led to blows that he started to reform 2 Chemistry subject (hydrocarbons) to a catalytic process in which straight-chain molecules are converted to branched forms for use in gasoline.
the action or process of reforming an institution or practice:the reform of the divorce laws economic reforms
of, denoting, or pertaining to Reform Judaism:a Reform rabbi