Simple Definition of reflect
of light, sound, etc. : to move in one direction, hit a surface, and then quickly move in a different and usually opposite direction
: to show the image of (something) on a surface
: to show (something) : to make (something) known
Full Definition of reflect
1 archaic : to turn into or away from a course : deflect
2 : to prevent passage of and cause to change direction <a mirror reflects light>
3 : to bend or fold back
4 : to give back or exhibit as an image, likeness, or outline : mirror <the clouds were reflected in the water>
5 : to bring or cast as a result <his attitude reflects little credit on his judgment>
6 : to make manifest or apparent : show <the painting reflects his artistic vision> <the pulse reflects the condition of the heart>
1 : to throw back light or sound
Examples of reflect
The old church is reflected in the glass exterior of the skyscraper.
Her book clearly reflects her beliefs.
Where you learned a language is reflected in your accent.
Origin of reflect
Middle English, from Latin reflectere to bend back, from re- + flectere to bend
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of reflect
think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions <teaches students how to think>. cogitate implies deep or intent thinking <cogitated on the mysteries of nature>. reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind <reflecting on fifty years of married life>. reason stresses consecutive logical thinking <able to reason brilliantly in debate>. speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic <speculated on the fate of the lost explorers>. deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision <the jury deliberated for five hours>.
Rhymes with reflect
abject, advect, affect, aspect, bisect, cathect, collect, confect, connect, convect, correct, cowl-necked, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, Dordrecht, effect, eject, elect, erect, ewe-necked, expect, goosenecked, infect, inflect, inject, insect, inspect, neglect, object, pandect, porrect, prefect, prelect, project, prospect, protect, refect, reject, resect, respect, ring-necked, roll-necked, select, stiff-necked, subject, suspect, traject, transect, trisect, Utrecht, V-necked
Medical Definition of reflect
1: to bend or fold back : impart a backward curve, bend, or fold to
2: to push or lay aside (as tissue or an organ) during surgery in order to gain access to the part to be operated on <the pleura were reflected and later closed over the stump>
: to throw back light or sound : return rays, beams, or waves
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