Definition of reform :
1. Amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved; reformation; as, reform of elections; reform of government.
2. 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; as, to reform a profligate man; to reform corrupt manners or morals.
3. 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 reform.
make better, emend, ameliorate, neaten, purify, illuminate, domesticize, recover, tame, repair, meliorate, put right, clear, better, amelioration, improvement, new law, elucidate, rectify, repossess, improve, revitalize, crystalize, straighten, refine, straighten out, iron out, shed light on, domesticise, disentangle, correct, sort out, renew, redress, clean up, tidy, crystallize, cleanse, amend, right, crystallise, square away, see the light, betterment, mend, mitigate, unsnarl, domesticate, crystalise, clear up, advance, remediate, rejuvenate, enlighten, tidy up, remedy, restore
change (part of speech: verb)
convert (part of speech: verb)
- Christ died for us all, so let us all be as we are, save where we want to reform ourselves. - "The Letters of William James, Vol. II", William James.
- He commenced a rigid reform and continued in the vigorous discharge of his duty until October when he joined Gen. - "Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution", L. Carroll Judson.
- Who stands in the way of reform at the present moment? - "The Mating of Lydia", Mrs. Humphry Ward.