1. reform, improvement

usage: a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses; "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"

2. reform, campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort

usage: a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices; "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"

3. reform, self-improvement, self-reformation

usage: self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice; "the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"


1. reform, better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate

usage: make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices; "reform a political system"

2. reform, reclaim, regenerate, rectify, change, alter, modify

usage: bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one; "The Church reformed me"; "reform your conduct"

3. reform, create from raw material, create from raw stuff

usage: produce by cracking; "reform gas"

4. reform, change integrity

usage: break up the molecules of; "reform oil"

5. reform, better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate

usage: improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition; "reform the health system in this country"

6. reform, straighten out, see the light, better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate

usage: change for the better; "The lazy student promised to reform"; "the habitual cheater finally saw the light"

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