From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishreformre‧form1 /rɪˈfɔːm $ -ɔːrm/ ●●○W3 noun [countable, uncountable] 🔊 🔊 CHANGE/MAKE something DIFFERENTa change or changes made to a system or organization in order to improve itreform of 🔊 a reform of the legal systemeconomic/political/educational reform 🔊 The government announced a much-needed programme of economic reform. 🔊 Reforms were made to revive the economy.far-reaching/sweeping/radical reforms 🔊 The prime minister is calling for sweeping reforms of the NHS.COLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + reform economic reformThe prime minister has promised to push ahead with economic reform.political/democratic/constitutional reformHe stressed that democratic reform could not be achieved overnight.tax reformThe chancellor's proposals for tax reform met strong resistance in the Commons.education reformTeachers say the government's education reforms are causing stress.a major reformHe called for a major reform of the drug laws.radical reform (=very big and important changes)His government adopted a policy of radical reform.fundamental reform (=changes to the most basic and important parts of something)He wants fundamental reform of the EU's agricultural policy. far-reaching/sweeping reforms (=reforms that affect many things or have a great effect)The new government instituted a series of far-reaching reforms.verbsmake/carry out reformsThey haven't made any real reforms.introduce reformsThey increased pressure on the government to introduce political reforms.push through reforms (=make them happen)He has so far failed to push through much-needed economic reforms.implement reforms (=carry out planned reforms)Much will depend on how local managers implement the reforms.phrasesa package/programme of reformsA package of reforms was approved by the National Assembly on April 12.
reform• Parliament will soon be asked to approvemeasures to reformeducation, health, the criminaljustice system and welfareprovision.• Those countries that have made most headway in their reformingefforts are simply the precursors of the others.• It is tough to reform something that is shapeless and indifferent to improvement, like Jell-O in the hands of a carpenter.• Voters also heavily endorsed a clause on the ballotpaper calling for the convening of a constituentassembly to reform the Constitution.• The failure of the rulingSocialist Party to reform the economy has plunged the country into disaster.• Plans to reform the health care system have failed more than once.• We are working to reform the nation's prisons.• The White Paper marks a step change in our programme for reforming the public sector.• They reformed the voting system, and introduced a secret ballot.• Dogs that bite can be reformed with good training.reformed character• But he was not a reformed character.• Moz had become a reformed character.• Nutty began to think Nails was a reformed character.• Peter O'Toole is another reformed character.• For reasons not apparent he had become a reformed character: he worked diligently and spent long hours in the laboratory.From Longman Business Dictionaryreformre‧form1 /rɪˈfɔːm-ɔːrm/ verb [transitive]to change a system, law, organization etc so that it operates in a fairer or more effective wayThe government has announced its plans to reform the tax system. —reformer noun [countable]The reformers will have to keep public support on their side if their bold economic experiments are to succeed.→ See Verb tablereformreform2 noun [countable, uncountable]a change made to a system, law, organization etc so that it operates in a fairer or more effective wayradical reforms of the company taxation systemThere is an urgent need for economic reform.