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verb re·flect \ri-ˈflekt\

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. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to turn into or away from a course :  deflect

  3. 2 :  to prevent passage of and cause to change direction <a mirror reflects light>

  4. 3 :  to bend or fold back

  5. 4 :  to give back or exhibit as an image, likeness, or outline :  mirror <the clouds were reflected in the water>

  6. 5 :  to bring or cast as a result <his attitude reflects little credit on his judgment>

  7. 6 :  to make manifest or apparent :  show <the painting reflects his artistic vision> <the pulse reflects the condition of the heart>

  8. 7 :  realize, consider

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to throw back light or sound

  11. 2 a :  to think quietly and calmly b :  to express a thought or opinion resulting from reflection

  12. 3 a :  to tend to bring reproach or discredit <an investigation that reflects on all the members of the department> b :  to bring about a specified appearance or characterization <an act which reflects well on her> c :  to have a bearing or influence

Examples of reflect

  1. The old church is reflected in the glass exterior of the skyscraper.

  2. Her book clearly reflects her beliefs.

  3. 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, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection <I just thought of a good joke>. conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design <conceived of a new marketing approach>. imagine stresses a visualization <imagine you're at the beach>. fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires <fancied himself a super athlete>. realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined <realized the enormity of the task ahead>. envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed <envisaged a totally computerized operation> <envisioned a cure for the disease>.

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>.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb re·flect \ri-ˈflekt\

Medical Definition of reflect

  1. 1:  to bend or fold back :  impart a backward curve, bend, or fold to

  2. 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>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to throw back light or sound :  return rays, beams, or waves

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