Reflect
Reflect Re*flect" v. i. 1. To throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or beams. [1913 Webster]

2. To be sent back; to rebound as from a surface; to revert; to return. [1913 Webster]

Whose virtues will, I hope, Reflect on Rome, as Titan's rays on earth. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To throw or turn back the thoughts upon anything; to contemplate. Specifically: To attend earnestly to what passes within the mind; to attend to the facts or phenomena of consciousness; to use attention or earnest thought; to meditate; especially, to think in relation to moral truth or rules. [1913 Webster]

We can not be said to reflect upon any external object, except so far as that object has been previously perceived, and its image become part and parcel of our intellectual furniture. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

All men are concious of the operations of their own minds, at all times, while they are awake, but there few who reflect upon them, or make them objects of thought. --Reid. [1913 Webster]

As I much reflected, much I mourned. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

4. To cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor. [1913 Webster]

Errors of wives reflect on husbands still. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Neither do I reflect in the least upon the memory of his late majesty. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To consider; think; cogitate; mediate; contemplate; ponder; muse; ruminate. [1913 Webster]


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  • reflect — REFLÉCT, reflecte, s.n. (înv.) Reflex. – Din fr. reflet (după reflecta). Trimis de IoanSoleriu, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  REFLÉCT s. v. oglindire, proiectare, răsfrân gere, reflectare, reflex. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime … …   Dicționar Român

  • Reflect — Re*flect (r?*fl?kt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reflected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Reflecting}.] [L. reflectere, reflexum; pref. re re + flectere to bend or turn. See {Flexible}, and cf. {Reflex}, v.] 1. To bend back; to give a backwa?d turn to; to throw… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reflect — [v1] give back cast, catch, copy, echo, emulate, flash, follow, give forth, imitate, match, mirror, rebound, repeat, repercuss, reply, reproduce, resonate, resound, return, reverberate, reverse, revert, shine, take after, throw back; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • reflect — ► VERB 1) throw back (heat, light, or sound) without absorbing it. 2) (of a mirror or shiny surface) show an image of. 3) represent in a faithful or appropriate way. 4) (reflect well/badly on) bring about a good or bad impression of. 5) (reflect… …   English terms dictionary

  • reflect — [ri flekt′] vt. [ME reflecten < MFr reflecter < L reflectere < re , back + flectere, to bend] 1. to bend or throw back (light, heat, or sound) 2. to give back an image of; mirror or reproduce 3. to cast or bring back as a consequence:… …   English World dictionary

  • reflect — I (mirror) verb bounce back, cast back, copy, ditto, emulate, give back, give forth, imitate, ostendere, rebound, repeat, reproduce, send back, show an image, simulate, throw back II (ponder) verb analyze, brood over, cerebrate, cogitare,… …   Law dictionary

  • reflect — (v.) early 15c., to divert, to turn aside, deflect, from O.Fr. reflecter (14c.), from L. reflectere (see REFLECTION (Cf. reflection)). Of mirrors or polished surfaces, to shine back light rays or images, 1520s; meaning to turn one s thoughts back …   Etymology dictionary

  • reflect — *think, cogitate, reason, speculate, deliberate Analogous words: *consider, contemplate, study, weigh: *ponder, muse, meditate, ruminate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • reflect — verb 1 send back light/heat/sound ADVERB ▪ dimly, dully ▪ The sun reflected dully off the stone walls. ▪ In Milton s poem, Satan, even after his fall, dimly reflects his former glory. ▪ directly …   Collocations dictionary

  • reflect — v. 1) ( to think about ) to reflect closely; seriously 2) (D; intr.) to reflect on, upon ( to think about ) (to reflect on one s past mistakes) 3) (d; intr.) to reflect on ( to discredit ) (her unfounded accusations reflected on her credibility)… …   Combinatory dictionary

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