V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) 1. to improve something by changing it for the better; 2. to get rid of something unacceptable, especially in personal habits; (n.) 1. the reorganization and improvement of something; 2. self-improvement

Synonyms: (v.) improve, reorganize, restructure, amend, redeem, (n.) improvement

Antonyms: corrupt, degrade, abase

Tips: Reform's literal meaning is "to form again." When you reform something, you recreate it in order to improve it. Reform is used in both the verb and noun form. Political reform is a popular use. For example, Social Security reform is when politicians "form" the Social Security program in a new way--they reform it.

Usage Examples:

I decided to start my personal reform by quitting smoking. (improvement) noun

Many people believe that America's social security system is in desperate need of reform. (reorganization, restructuring, improvement) noun

He has tried to reform several times, but each time, he slides back into his corrupt ways. (improve, redeem [himself]) verb

We reformed our reporting system to make it more streamlined. (improved, restructured) verb

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