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"reform" in British English

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reformverb [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 ​ourunfairelectoralsystem? 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.

reformnoun [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 ​educationsystem was ​crying out for reform.

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(Definition of reform from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reform" in American English

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reformverb [I/T]

 us   /rɪˈfɔrm/
social studies to ​becomebetter, or to make something ​better by making ​corrections or ​removing any ​faults: [T] As ​governor, he reformed ​electionprocedures. [I] She ​insists that she has ​finally reformed.
reform
noun [C/U]  us   /rɪˈfɔrm/
[U] The ​administration is ​proposingwelfare reform.
reformation
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌref·ərˈmeɪ·ʃən/
[U] reformation of the ​healthcaresystem
reformed
adjective  us   /rɪˈfɔrmd/
I’m a reformed ​guy – I ​eat a low-fat ​diet and ​exercise every ​day.
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"reform" in Business English

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reformnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /rɪˈfɔːm/
an ​improvement or set of ​improvements made to a ​system, ​law, ​organization, etc. in ​order to make it more modern or ​effective: reform of sth Essential reform of the ​bankingsector is under way.reforms in sth He has called for reforms in the ​retirementsystem for ​years.banking/economic/tax reform Corporate ​tax reform has ​leftcompanies uncertain about future ​taxbills. Market reforms have ​opened the doors to greater ​competition. fundamental/​major/radical reforms

reformverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈfɔːm/
to make an ​improvement to a ​system, a ​law, an ​organization, etc., in ​order to make it more modern or ​effective: reform the ​economy/the ​taxsystem, etc. Corporation ​tax will be reformed to ​raise more ​revenue.
(Definition of reform from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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