to cast back (light, heat, sound, etc.) from a surface: The mirror reflected the light onto the wall.
to give back or show an image of; mirror.
(of an act or its result) to serve to cast or bring (credit, discredit, etc.) on its performer.
to reproduce; show: followers reflecting the views of the leader.
to throw or cast back; cause to return or rebound: Her bitterness reflects gloom on all her family.
to be turned or cast back, as light.
to cast back light, heat, etc.
to be reflected or mirrored.
to give back or show an image.
to think, ponder, or meditate: to reflect on one's virtues and faults.
to serve or tend to bring reproach or discredit by association: His crimes reflected on the whole community.
to serve to give a particular aspect or impression: The test reflects well on your abilities.
- re·flect·ed·ly, adverb
- re·flect·ed·ness, noun
- re·flect·i·bil·i·ty [ri-flek-tuh-bil-i-tee], /rɪˌflɛk təˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- re·flect·i·ble, adjective
- in·ter·re·flect, verb
- mis·re·flect·, verb
- non·re·flect·ed, adjective
- well-re·flect·ed, adjective
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How to use reflect in a sentence
They just reflect the range of breeds that were used to create the Heck cattle in the first instance.
But it is not only small airlines that reflect the laxity of the system.
This does not reflect lack of interest in a better environment.
In many ways these attitudes reflect the increasingly urban-centric focus of the party.
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He was too drowsy to hold the thought more than a moment in his mind, much less to reflect upon it.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
It goes far to reconciling me to being a woman when I reflect that I am thus in no danger of ever marrying one.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
And as bronze reflects the light, her mentality seemed to reflect all the cold lights in her nature.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
Gwynne made a wry face as he sat down before the dressing-table that he might reflect his visage while he brushed his hair.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
This accident led his parents to reflect upon the childs incurable tendency and consider the question of his musical education.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
British Dictionary definitions for reflect
to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which light, other electromagnetic radiation, sound, particles, etc, are thrown back after impinging on a surface
(of a mirror, etc) to form an image of (something) by reflection
(tr) to show or express: his tactics reflect his desire for power
(tr) to bring as a consequence: the success of the project reflected great credit on all the staff
(intr ; foll by on or upon) to cause to be regarded in a specified way: her behaviour reflects well on her
(intr ; foll by on or upon) to cast dishonour, discredit, etc (on): his conduct reflects on his parents
(intr usually foll by on) to think, meditate, or ponder
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