Synonyms of reform
improvementDictionary • a programme of economic reform
improvement • the dramatic improvements in conditions
amendment • We are making a few amendments to the document.
correction • He has made several corrections and additions to the document.
renovation • a property which needs extensive renovation
betterment • His research is for the betterment of mankind.
amelioration • a demand for amelioration of conditions
1 improveDictionary • his plans to reform the country's economy
improve • He improved their house.
better • Our parents came here with the hope of bettering themselves.
correct • He may need surgery to correct the problem.
restore • They partly restored a local castle.
repair • He has repaired the roof.
rebuild • The castle was rebuilt by his great grandson in 1859.
amend • The committee put forward proposals to amend the penal system.
mend • There will be disciplinary action if you do not mend your ways.
renovate • They spent thousands renovating the house.
reconstruct • The government must reconstruct the shattered economy.
rectify • Only an act of Congress could rectify the situation.
rehabilitate • a program for rehabilitating low-income housing
regenerate • The government will continue to regenerate inner city areas.
reconstitute • Slowly Jewish communities were reconstituted and life began anew.
ameliorate • Nothing can be done to ameliorate the situation.
2 mend your ways • Under such a system where is the incentive to reform?
mend your ways
go straight (informal) • I thought you were going straight after that last robbery?
shape up (informal)
get it together (informal)
turn over a new leaf • He realized he was in the wrong and promised to turn over a new leaf.
get your act together (informal)
clean up your act (informal)
pull your socks up (British, informal)
get back on the straight and narrow (informal)
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ameliorateIf someone or something ameliorates a situation, they make it better or easier in some way.
• Nothing can be done to ameliorate the situation.
ameliorationIf someone or something ameliorates a situation, they make it better or easier in some way. (noun)
• a demand for amelioration of conditions
change for the better,
change for the better,
amendIf you amend something that has been written such as a law, or something that is said, you change it in order to improve it or make it more accurate.
• The committee put forward proposals to amend the penal system.
Thesaurus for reform from the Collins English Thesaurus
to improve (an existing institution, law, practice, etc) by alteration or correction of abuses