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 Based on some complicated rules, Luscombe explained that the current language notes that the IRS will send you a second payment to reflect the extra money if your 2020 return is filed and processed before July 14. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How the timing of your tax return could affect your third stimulus payout," 17 Feb. 2021 The outcome of the raw and emotional proceedings is expected to reflect a country divided over the former president and the future of his brand of politics. Lisa Mascaro, Chron, "Fight over witnesses could delay Trump trial conclusion," 13 Feb. 2021 The outcome of the quick, raw and emotional proceedings is expected to reflect a country divided over the former president and the future of his brand of politics. Arkansas Online, "Senate poised to vote on holding Trump accountable for riot," 13 Feb. 2021 This story has been corrected to reflect that Herrera Beutler represents Washington's 3rd Congressional District. Chris Grygiel, ajc, "Rep. Herrera Beutler in middle of impeachment trial turmoil," 13 Feb. 2021 Made of steel and iron to reflect the foundries, the signs will welcome visitors to Albion — both the town and the college. Freep.com, "Albion College has strong connection to downtown," 13 Feb. 2021 The outcome of the quick, raw and emotional proceedings is expected to reflect a country divided over the former president and the future of his brand of politics. Anchorage Daily News, "Senate poised to vote on holding Trump accountable for riot," 13 Feb. 2021 Thanksgiving by inviting people who pretend to be Pilgrims to cook an old-fashioned dinner meant to reflect the culture of the time. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "Which Into the Dark Episodes Are Worth Your Time?," 12 Feb. 2021 The Brownies’ Book managed to reflect both views, normalizing Black childhood as reflecting American family values while elevating Black political consciousness. Anna Holmes, The Atlantic, "How W. E. B. Du Bois Changed Black Childhood in America," 12 Feb. 2021

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Reflect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reflect. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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reflect

verb

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.

reflect

transitive verb
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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