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reform

verb [I or T] uk   /rɪˈfɔːm/  us   /-ˈfɔːrm/
C2 to make an improvement, especially by changing a person's behaviour or the structure of something: Who will reform Britain's unfair electoral system? For years I was an alcoholic, but I reformed when the doctors gave me six months to live.
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reformation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌref.əˈmeɪ.ʃən/  us   /-ɚ-/
He's undergone something of a reformation - he's a changed man.

reform

noun [C or U] uk   /rɪˈfɔːm/  us   /-ˈfɔːrm/
C2 an improvement, especially in a person's behaviour or in the structure of something: Some reforms of/to the system will be necessary. The education system in Britain was crying out for reform.
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