Definition of reform noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪˈfɔːm//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfɔːrm//
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 [uncountable, countable] change that is made to a social system, an organization, etc. in order to improve or correct it a government committed to reform economic/electoral/constitutional, etc. reform the reform of the educational system reforms in education far-reaching/major/sweeping reforms See related entries: Parliament Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb in the senses ‘restore (peace)’ and ‘bring back to the original condition’): from Old French reformer or Latin reformare, from re- ‘back’ + formare ‘to form, shape’. The noun dates from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples Health care reform is long overdue. His administration carried out economic reforms. His economic reforms failed to improve their lives. Publishers continue to push for sweeping reforms. The House narrowly passed the education reform bill. The Prime Minister promised sweeping reforms of the banking system. The conservative coalition could delay further reforms or block them altogether. The country desperately needs broad political and constitutional reform. The government instituted a tax reform to stimulate demand. The practice of global politics requires reform. The reforms went through in spite of opposition from teachers. There remains reluctance to undertake the structural reforms advocated by Mr Smith. They have issued a statement advocating reform of the legal system. They wanted a weak president and a strong one-chamber parliament able to push through radical reforms. They wanted to push through radical reforms. Top on his list was immigration reform. We are committed to supporting democracy and reform in the region. advocates of health-care reform efforts to accelerate the structural reform of the economy much-needed reforms our debate on intelligence reform reforms in housing and education tax reforms aimed at encouraging land development the battle for corporate reform economic/​electoral/​constitutional reform far-reaching/​major/​sweeping reforms
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