- 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 of reflectMiddle English reflecten ; from Middle French reflecter ; from Classical Latin reflectere ; from re-, back + 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)
verbre·flect·ed, re·flect·ing, re·flects
- To throw or bend back (light or sound, for example) from a surface.
- 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. See Synonyms at echo.
- 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 of reflectMiddle English reflecten, from Old French reflecter, from Latin reflectere, to bend back : re-, re- + flectere, to bend.
(third-person singular simple present reflects, present participle reflecting, simple past and past participle reflected)
- To bend back (light, etc.) from a surface.
- A mirror reflects the light that shines on it.
- (intransitive) To be bent back (light, etc.) from a surface.
- The moonlight reflected from the surface of water.
- To mirror, or show the image of something.
- The shop window reflected his image as he walked past.
- (intransitive) To be mirrored.
- His image reflected from the shop window as he walked past.
- To agree with; to closely follow.
- Entries in English dictionaries aim to reflect common usage.
- To give evidence of someone's or something's character etc.
- The team's victory reflects the Captain's abilities.
- The teacher's ability reflects well on the school.
- (intransitive) To think seriously; to ponder or consider.
- People do that sort of thing every day, without ever stopping to reflect on the consequences.
- 1985, Justin Richards, Option Lock, page 229:
- Not for the first time, he reflected that it was not so much the speeches that strained the nerves as the palaver that went with them.