- Reflect is something that doesn't absorb or that mirrors back whatever is coming into it or looking at it.
- An example of reflect is when a mirror shows you your own image.
- An example of reflect is when sound bounces off the walls of a room.
- An example of reflect is when your actions show a lot about your values.
- To reflect is to think deeply about an issue.
An example of reflect is when you think back on your behavior.
- to bend or throw back (light, heat, or sound)
- to give back an image of; mirror or reproduce
- to cast or bring back as a consequence: with on: deeds that reflect honor on him
- to express or show: skills that reflect years of training
- to recollect or realize after thought (that)
- to fold or turn back: usually used in pp.
Origin: Middle English reflecten from Middle French reflecter from Classical Latin reflectere from re-, back plush flectere, to bend
- to be bent or thrown back: light reflecting from the water
- to bend or throw back light, heat, sound, etc.: a reflecting surface
- to give back an image or likeness
- to be mirrored
- to think seriously; contemplate (on or upon)
- to cast blame or discredit (on or upon)
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verb re·flect·ed, re·flect·ing, re·flects verb, transitive
- To throw or bend back (light, for example) from a surface. See Synonyms at echo.
- To give back or show an image of (an object); mirror.
- To make apparent; express or manifest: Her work reflects intelligence.
- To bring as a consequence: The victory reflects credit on the coach.
- Archaic To bend back.
- To be bent or thrown back: Her voice reflected off the canyon walls.
- To give something back, as light or sound: a shiny surface that reflects well.
- a. To give evidence of the characteristics or qualities of someone or something: That student's performance reflects well on the whole school.b. To bring blame or discredit: Hasty preparation of the report will reflect on you.
- a. To think seriously. See Synonyms at think.b. To express carefully considered thoughts: In the essay, he reflects on his career.
Origin: Middle English reflecten, from Old French reflecter, from Latin reflectere, to bend back : re-, re- + flectere, to bend.
reflect - Medical Definition
- To bend back.
- To throw or bend back light, heat, or sound from a surface.
- To think seriously.
- To send back a motor impulse in response to a sensory stimulus.