reflect

verb
re·​flect | \ ri-ˈflekt How to pronounce reflect (audio) \
reflected; reflecting; reflects

Definition of reflect

transitive verb

1 : to prevent passage of and cause to change direction a mirror reflects light
2 : to give back or exhibit as an image, likeness, or outline : mirror the clouds were reflected in the water
3 : to bring or cast as a result his attitude reflects little credit on his judgment
4 : to make manifest or apparent : show the painting reflects his artistic vision the pulse reflects the condition of the heart
6 : to bend or fold back
7 archaic : to turn into or away from a course : deflect

intransitive verb

1 : to throw back light or sound
2a : to think quietly and calmly
b : to express a thought or opinion resulting from reflection
3a : 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

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Synonyms for reflect

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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

Examples of reflect in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web To a great extent, that reflects the endless, enervating nature of the Brexit debate. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Britain’s Brexit Shrug: Let’s Just Get On With It," 31 Jan. 2020 Voters deserve a government that reflects their values. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio Republican legislative candidates enter 2020 with strong cash lead over Democrats," 31 Jan. 2020 That gave Zuabi his entree to a story that reflects more innocently on the values of an America that can indeed dream big. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "A Palestinian play comes to the Kennedy Center, offering a comedic olive branch," 29 Jan. 2020 There are few statistics that accurately reflect Traore’s effectiveness, but here is one: Traore has been on the receiving end of 20 fouls that resulted in an opponent being cautioned, a Premier League high. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruce Arena, sparkling training facility part of a new era for Revolution soccer," 29 Jan. 2020 In May, Methodists on both sides of the divide will have the opportunity to realize a church that reflects their own values. Scott T. Vehstedt, The Conversation, "Gay rights dispute is pulling apart the United Methodist Church, after decades of argument," 27 Jan. 2020 Grand lanterns sat atop floats gliding along the San Antonio River on Saturday night as tourists and locals gathered around, marveling at the scene that reflected off the still water. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "Chinese New Year Parade lights up San Antonio River Walk," 25 Jan. 2020 But more college should be part of a new and more democratic education that reflects a new and more democratic workplace. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, "This is a high school nation," 20 Jan. 2020 One that reflects the reality of being a working woman, that is both aspirational and realistic. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, "Let 2020 Be The Year We Get Rid Of Girlboss Culture For Good," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of reflect

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 7

History and Etymology for reflect

Middle English, from Latin reflectere to bend back, from re- + flectere to bend

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The first known use of reflect was in the 15th century

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4 Feb 2020

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“Reflect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reflect. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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reflect

verb
How to pronounce reflect (audio)

English Language Learners 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

reflect

verb
re·​flect | \ ri-ˈflekt How to pronounce reflect (audio) \
reflected; reflecting

Kids Definition of reflect

1 : to bend or throw back (waves of light, sound, or heat) A polished surface reflects light.
2 : to give back an image or likeness of in the manner of a mirror The clouds were reflected in the water.
3 : to make known The book reflects her beliefs.
4 : to cause to be thought of in a specified way or in a bad way Your poor behavior reflects on the whole class.
5 : to think seriously and carefully about I reflected on the problem.
re·​flect | \ ri-ˈflekt How to pronounce reflect (audio) \

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

intransitive verb

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

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