One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a comprehensive plan to reform the health-care system’
improve, make better, better, ameliorate, refine, mend, rectify, correct, rehabilitate
alter, make alterations to, change, adjust, make adjustments to, adapt, amend, revise, recast, reshape, refashion, redesign, restyle, revamp, renovate, rework, redo, remake, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel, make over, remould, reorganize, revolutionize, reorient, reorientate, vary, transform, convert
2‘after his marriage he reformed’
mend one's ways, change for the better, change completely, make a fresh start, turn over a new leaf, become a new person, reconstruct oneself, improve, go straight, get back on the straight and narrow
1‘the reform of the prison system’
improvement, betterment, amelioration, refinement, rectification, correction, rehabilitation
alteration, change, adjustment, adaptation, amendment, revision, recasting, reshaping, refashioning, redesigning, restyling, revamp, revamping, renovation, reworking, redoing, remake, rebuilding, reconstruction, remodelling, makeover, remoulding, reorganizing, reorganization, reorienting, reorientation, transformation, conversion
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