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Synonyms of 'reform'

(noun) 
Definition
correction of abuses or malpractices
a programme of economic reform
Synonyms
improvement
the dramatic improvements in conditions
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amendment
We are making a few amendments to the document.
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correction
They have made several corrections and additions to the document.
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rehabilitation
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renovation
a property which needs extensive renovation
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betterment
His research is for the betterment of humankind.
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rectification
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amelioration
a demand for amelioration of conditions
(verb) 
Definition
to improve (a law or institution) by correcting abuses
his plans to reform the country's economy
Synonyms
improve
He improved their house.
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better
Our parents came here with the hope of bettering themselves.
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correct
You may need surgery to correct the problem.
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restore
They partly restored a local castle.
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repair
He has repaired the roof.
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rebuild
The castle was rebuilt by his great grandson in 1859.
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amend
The committee put forward proposals to amend the penal system.
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mend
There will be disciplinary action if you do not mend your ways.
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renovate
They spent thousands renovating the house.
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reconstruct
The government must reconstruct the shattered economy.
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remodel
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rectify
Only an act of Congress could rectify the situation.
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rehabilitate
a program for rehabilitating low-income housing
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regenerate
The government will continue to regenerate inner city areas.
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reconstitute
Slowly Jewish communities were reconstituted and life began anew.
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ameliorate
Nothing can be done to ameliorate the situation.
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emend
(verb) 
Definition
to give up or cause to give up a bad habit or way of life
Under such a system where is the incentive to reform?
Synonyms
mend your ways
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go straight (informal)
I thought you were going straight after that last robbery?
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shape up (informal)
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get it together (informal)
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turn over a new leaf
She realized she was in the wrong and promised to turn over a new leaf.
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get your act together (informal)
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clean up your act (informal)
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pull your socks up (British, informal)
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get back on the straight and narrow (informal)

Additional synonyms

in the sense of ameliorate
Definition
to make (something) better
Nothing can be done to ameliorate the situation.
Synonyms
in the sense of amelioration
a demand for amelioration of conditions
Synonyms
change for the better,
upswing,
melioration
in the sense of amend
Definition
to make small changes to something such as a piece of writing or a contract, in order to improve it
The committee put forward proposals to amend the penal system.

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