Reflect meaning

rĭ-flĕkt
To reflect is to think deeply about an issue.

An example of reflect is when you think back on your behavior.

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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.

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(archaic) To bend back.
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To be bent or thrown back.

Her voice reflected off the canyon walls.

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To give something back, as light or sound.

A shiny surface that reflects well.

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To recollect or realize after thought (that)
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To think seriously; contemplate (on or upon)
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To bend or throw back (light, heat, or sound)
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To give back an image of; mirror or reproduce.
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To cast or bring back as a consequence.

Deeds that reflect honor on him.

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To express or show.

Skills that reflect years of training.

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To fold or turn back.
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To be bent or thrown back.

Light reflecting from the water.

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To bend or throw back light, heat, sound, etc.

A reflecting surface.

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To cast blame or discredit (on or upon)
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To bend back (light, etc.) from a surface.

A mirror reflects the light that shines on it.

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(intransitive) To be bent back (light, etc.) from a surface.

The moonlight reflected from the surface of water.

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To mirror, or show the image of something.

The shop window reflected his image as he walked past.

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(intransitive) To be mirrored.

His image reflected from the shop window as he walked past.

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To agree with; to closely follow.

Entries in English dictionaries aim to reflect common usage.

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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.

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(intransitive) To think seriously; to ponder or consider.
  • 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.

People do that sort of thing every day, without ever stopping to reflect on the consequences.

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To throw or bend back (light or sound, for example) from a surface.
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To give back or show an image of (an object); mirror.
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To make apparent; express or manifest.

Her work reflects intelligence.

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To bring as a consequence.

The victory reflects credit on the coach.

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Origin of reflect

  • Middle English reflecten from Old French reflecter from Latin reflectere to bend back re- re- flectere to bend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition