Webster 1913 Edition
formareto form, from
To put into a new and improved form or condition; to restore to a former good state, or bring from bad to good; to change from worse to better; to amend; to correct;
reforma profligate man; to
reformcorrupt manners or morals.
The example alone of a vicious prince will corrupt an age; but that of a good one will not
Syn. – To amend; correct; emend; rectify; mend; repair; better; improve; restore; reclaim.
To return to a good state; to amend or correct one’s own character or habits;
as, a man of settled habits of vice will seldom.
Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation;
Civil service reform.
acts of Parliament passed in 1832, 1867, 1884, 1885, extending and equalizing popular representation in Parliament.–
a school established by a state or city government, for the confinement, instruction, and reformation of juvenile offenders, and of young persons of idle, vicious, and vagrant habits.
Syn. – Reformation; amendment; rectification; correction. See
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To change from worse to better; to amend; to correct; to restore to a former good state, or to bring from a bad to a good state; as, to reform a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners or morals.
The example alone of a vicious prince will corrupt an age, but that of a good one will not reform it.
2.To change from bad to good; to remove that which is bad or corrupt; as, to reform abuses; to reform the vices of the age.
Reform f (genitive Reform, plural Reformen)
Declension of Reform
reform (plural reforms)
- Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government.
- monetary reform
reform (third-person singular simple present reforms, present participle reforming, simple past and past participle reformed)
- To put into a new and improved form or condition; to restore to a former good state, or bring from bad to good; to change from worse to better; to amend; to correct.
- to reform a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners or morals
- Jonathan Swift
- The example alone of a vicious prince will corrupt an age; but that of a good one will not reform it.
- To return to a good state; to amend or correct one's own character or habits; as, a person of settled habits of vice will seldom reform.
- (transitive, intransitive) To form again or in a new configuration.
- This product contains reformed meat.
- The regiment reformed after surviving the first attack.
- The pop group reformed for one final tour.
- 2012 August 21, Jason Heller, “The Darkness: Hot Cakes (Music Review)”, in The Onion AV Club:
- Since first tossing its cartoonish, good-time cock-rock to the masses in the early ’00s, The Darkness has always fallen back on this defense: The band is a joke, but hey, it’s a good joke. With Hot Cakes—the group’s third album, and first since reforming last year—the laughter has died. In its place is the sad wheeze of the last surviving party balloon slowly, listlessly deflating.
to put into a new and improved form or condition
to return to a good state
From English reform and German Reform, from French réforme. 
- IPA(key): [ˈrɛform]
- Hyphenation: re‧form
reform (plural reformok)
|Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)|
|Possessive forms of reform|
|possessor||single possession||multiple possessions|
|1st person sing.||reformom||reformjaim|
|2nd person sing.||reformod||reformjaid|
|3rd person sing.||reformja||reformjai|
|1st person plural||reformunk||reformjaink|
|2nd person plural||reformotok||reformjaitok|
|3rd person plural||reformjuk||reformjaik|
- ↑ Tótfalusi István, Idegenszó-tár: Idegen szavak értelmező és etimológiai szótára. Tinta Könyvkiadó, Budapest, 2005, ISBN 963 7094 20 2
reform m (definite singular reformen, indefinite plural reformer, definite plural reformene)
- a reform
- “reform” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
reform f (definite singular reforma, indefinite plural reformer, definite plural reformene)
- “reform” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
|Inflection of reform|