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Definition of the noun reform

What does reform mean as a name of something?

Reform is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural:

  • reform: reforms
  • Reform: Reforms

  1. a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses
    • example: justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: improvement = the act of improving something
    • more specific terms:
  2. a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
    • example: the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: campaign / cause / crusade / drive / effort / movement = a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
  3. self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice
    • example: the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: self-improvement / self-reformation = the act of improving yourself

Alternative definition of the noun reform


  1. Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government.

Definition of the verb reform

What does reform mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: reformed | reforming | reforms

  1. make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices
  2. bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
    • examples: The Church reformed me | reform your conduct
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of reform: reclaim / rectify / regenerate
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific words: moralise / moralize = improve the morals of
  3. produce by cracking
  4. break up the molecules of
  5. improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition
  6. change for the better


  1. Reform is a city in Pickens County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 1,978.
  2. Reform a.k.a. Reform, Mississippi: Reform is an unincorporated community located in Choctaw County, Mississippi, along Mississippi Highway 15 and is approximately 6 miles south of Mathiston.


Reform is a record label.


Reform was an Irish-bred British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from April 1966 until October 1967 he won eleven of his fourteen races. As a two-year-old he was beaten on his debut but won his remaining six races and was rated among the best colts of his generation in Britain. Reform was never entered in the British Classic Races, but proved himself to be an outstanding three-year-old in 1967, winning five of his seven starts. After winning the St James's Stakes, St James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes he ended his career by beating the Epsom Derby winner Royal Palace in the Champion Stakes.

  • born in (52 years ago)
  • died in (33 years ago)


  1. "Reform" is Jane Zhang's fifth studio album that was released on 1 June 2011. It is her second album with Universal Music Group under Show City Times. Built around the theme "reform and changes.
  2. "Reform" is a musical album of Stave.
    • released in
  3. "Reform" is a musical album of Machine Made Pleasure.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  4. "Reform" is a musical album of Chiasm.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  5. "Reform" is a composition.
  6. "Reform" is a musical album of The Higher Intelligence Agency.
    • released in (22 years ago)


"Reform" is a book by Ralph De Clairmont.

  • also known as "Reform. An essay on the political, financial and social conditions of the United States, showing dangers, defects and remedies"


"Reform" is a film, directed by Joseph Kenneth Ssebaggala.


  1. Reform means the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc. The use of the word in this way emerges in the late 1700s and is believed to originate from Christopher Wyvill’s Association movement which identified “Parliamentary Reform” as its primary aim.
  2. Reform is a British think tank based in London, whose declared mission is to set out a better way to deliver public services and economic prosperity. Reform describes itself as independent and non-partisan with an aim "to produce research of outstanding quality on the core issues of the economy, health, education and law and order and on the right balance between government and individual.
  3. Reform is an Evangelical organisation within Anglicanism, active in the Church of England and the Church of Ireland. Reform in England describes itself as a "network of churches and individuals within the Church of England, committed to the reform of ourselves, our congregation and our world by the gospel".
  4. Reform, also referred to as Reform Magazine, is an editorially-independent monthly subscription magazine published by the United Reformed Church.
    • also known as Reform magazine

Phrases with Reform

Phrases starting with the word Reform:

  1. reform jew
  2. reform school
  3. reform-minded
  4. reform judaism
  5. reform movement

Phrases ending with the word Reform:

  1. Anti-Reform
  2. land reform

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Reform

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Google previewCongressional Record

First, real reform means that all of us, and especially the powerful interest groups, must accept changes resisted in the past. Insurers are going to have to change the way they do business. Pharmaceutical companies will have to be more ...

Google previewGLOBAL EDUCATION REFORM (2013)

The universe is governed by a sequence of realms; hence, global education reform is a dignified path to peace and unity, a promised corridor for the eradication of lingering human prejudice, discrimination, injustice, and language barriers. by Joseph O. Esin

The universe is governed by a sequence of realms; hence, global education reform is a dignified path to peace and unity, a promised corridor for the eradication of lingering human prejudice, discrimination, injustice, and language barriers.

Google previewOne Voice (2007)

The Selected Sermons of W. Gunther Plaut by W. Gunther Plaut

Reform is the hard way because it is neither satisfied with the Christian emphasis on proper belief nor with the Orthodox and Conservative stress on outward performance. It is the hard way because it seeks meaningful performance supported ...

Google previewTeaching as Principled Practice (2005)

Managing Complexity for Social Justice by Linda R. Kroll

The nobler motivation behind standards-based reform is the desire to have all students develop substantive...

Google previewOur Evolving Curriculum (2013)

Part I: A Special Issue of Peabody Journal of Education by Allan C. Ornstein, Linda S. Behar

Frances Klein Curriculum reform is a common expectation shared by diverse groups all across the nation today. The demand for it is perennial; one cycle of curriculum reform fades into another with almost imperceptible endings but the next ...

Google previewReforming Law and Economy for a Sustainable Earth (2014)

Critical Thought for Turbulent Times by Paul Anderson

The first reform is the democratisation of business. Business decisions would be a function not (primarily) of chrematistic operations but in effect of community decisions. This is because businesses would not be legal entities to be bought and ...

Google previewLetters to President Obama (2009)

Americans Share Their Hopes and Dreams with the First African-American President by Hanes Walton

Prison reform is a challenging economic and social problem about which America may not be ready to focus attention, but it is a problem deserving of as much attention as possible, especially during this period when states and cities are ...

Google previewMarkets Within Planning (1988)

Socialist Economic Management in the Third World by Edmund Valpy Knox Fitzgerald, Marc Wuyts

Labour reform is an area of particular political sensitivity because it engages deep ideological issues relating to the character of socialism, so the political dimensions of labour policy are particularly important in the Chinese case. Over the past ...

Google previewAfghanistan (2009)

Transition under Threat by Geoffrey Hayes, Mark Sedra

A critical element that will influence the effectiveness and success of the pay and grading reform is the handling of civil servants who lack the qualifications for corresponding positions in the new structure, and/or are surplus to requirements ...

Google previewA Companion to the Medieval World (2012)

by Carol Lansing, Edward D. English

Reform is a recurrent motif in the history of Christianity and it has given rise to dramatic historical narratives in which valiant...

A key result of eleventhcentury reform is that it gave rise to a profusion of new experiments in religious life that ...

Google previewBusiness Scandals, Corruption, and Reform: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2013)

An Encyclopedia by Gary Giroux

Reform legislation was proposed at the end of 2009 by Barney Frank (Democrat from Massachusetts), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Senate Banking Committee chair Chris Dodd (Democrat from Connecticut).

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Public Management and Governance (2015)

by Gambhir Bhatta

Reform constituencies: Those that are in ...

Google previewDrugs in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law [3 volumes] (2014)

by Nancy E. Marion, Willard M. Oliver

Ribbon Reform Clubs The ...

Google previewFirefly Geography Dictionary (2003)

by Firefly Books

LAND REFORM LANDSLIDE Landslides are more likely if porous rock (in this case chalk) or other material sits over an impervious layer. Water accumulates at the layer boundary, weakening support for the overlying material- tries often try to ...

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Quotes about Reform

I wish that the Democrats would put some effort into Social Security reform, illegal immigration's reform, tax reform, or some of the other real issues that are out there. (Jack Kingston)
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Scrabble value of R1E1F4O1R1M3

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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