reflect

[ ri-flekt ]
/ rɪˈflɛkt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of reflect

1350–1400; Middle English reflecten < Latin reflectere to bend back, equivalent to re- re- + flectere to bend
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British Dictionary definitions for reflect

reflect

/ (rɪˈflɛkt) /

verb

Word Origin for reflect

C15: from Latin reflectere to bend back, from re- + flectere to bend; see flex
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Word Origin and History for reflect

reflect


v.

late 14c., "turn or bend back;" early 15c., "to divert, to turn aside, deflect," from Old French reflecter (14c.), from Latin reflectere "bend back, turn back" (see reflection). Of mirrors or polished surfaces, to shine back light rays or images, early 15c.; meaning "to turn one's thoughts back on" is c.1600. Related: Reflected; reflecting.

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Medicine definitions for reflect

reflect

[ rĭ-flĕkt ]

v.

To bend back.
To throw or bend back light, heat, or sound from a surface.
To think seriously.
To send back a motor impulse in response to a sensory stimulus.
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