Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for reform inWebster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
The change of something that is defective, broken, inefficient or otherwise negative, in order to correct or improve it
19 February 2011, Barack Obama, Presidential Weekly Address, America Will Win the Future
...over the past two years, my administration has made education a top priority. We’ve launched a competition called “Race to the Top” – a reform that is lifting academic standards and getting results; not because Washington dictated the answers, but because states and local schools pursued innovative solutions.
The elections need to undergo a serious reform.
A major reform is needed to improve the efficiency in the factory.
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.