reflect on


Consider or think carefully about, as in She reflected on her country's role in history. [c. 1600] A closely related phrase is on due reflection, meaning “after careful consideration.” For example, On due reflection I decided to vote for the incumbent.


reflect on one. Give evidence of one's qualities, as in The hasty preparation of this report will reflect on you. [Second half of 1600s]

Nearby words

  1. reflag,
  2. reflate,
  3. reflation,
  4. reflationary,
  5. reflect,
  6. reflectance,
  7. reflected plan,
  8. reflecting telescope,
  9. reflection,
  10. reflection coefficient

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