- 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.
Origin of reflect
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Examples from the Web for reflected
As the interview wound down, Bentivolio reflected on what may have motivated him to dress as Santa.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
This mindset was reflected to the wider society through popular literature.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
The ambivalence is reflected in U.S. policy, which often has served to complicate aid delivery in conflict zones.Why Humanitarians Talk to ISIS
October 24, 2014
Wales next tried an idea that reflected his childhood love of the World Book: an online encyclopedia.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
The treasures found within the capsule were mostly records that reflected those immediately involved with its planning.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
Still he reflected that he would be unable to get out, and in the morning he could go for the constable.Brave and Bold
Every motion in his great soul was reflected in his face and form.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Her smile of recollection was reflected in the faces of her friends.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Garson reflected for a few seconds, then made a gesture of negation.Within the Law
But she had never said Cecil was a man, she reflected, with what comfort she could.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- 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 expresshis tactics reflect his desire for power
- (tr) to bring as a consequencethe 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 wayher 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
Word Origin and History for reflected
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.
- 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.