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French réforme


  • (US) IPA(key): /ɹiˈfɔrm/, /ɹəˈfɔrm/


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reform (plural reforms)

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


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reform (third-person singular simple present reforms, present participle reforming, simple past and past participle reformed)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. (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)”, 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.






reform c

  1. a reform


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