Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: reformer, from Latin reformare, from formare 'to form'


1 verb
1 [transitive] to improve a system, law, organization etc by making a lot of changes to it, so that it operates in a fairer or more effective way:
plans to radically reform the tax system
2 [intransitive and transitive] to change your behaviour and become a better person, or to make someone do this:
Greeley says he's a genuinely reformed character.
a reformed criminal
WORD FOCUS: change WORD FOCUS: change
to change something: alter, adapt, adjust, amend, modify, revise, vary

to change a system or organization: restructure, reorganize, reform

to change something completely: transform, revolutionize

to change facts or information, or change what someone has said: twist, distort, misrepresent

easily changed: flexible, adaptable

impossible to change: fixed, final, irrevocable

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