verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin reflectere to bend back, from re- + flectere to bend Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. archaic to turn into or away from a course ; deflect 2. to prevent passage of and cause to change direction <
a mirror reflects light
3. to bend or fold back 4. to give back or exhibit as an image, likeness, or outline ; mirror <
the clouds were reflected in the water
5. to bring or cast as a result <
his attitude reflects little credit on his judgment
6. to make manifest or apparent ; show <
the painting reflects his artistic vision
the pulse reflects the condition of the heart
7. realize, consider intransitive verb 1. to throw back light or sound 2. a. to think quietly and calmly b. to express a thought or opinion resulting from reflection 3. a. to tend to bring reproach or discredit <
an investigation that reflects on all the members of the department
b. to bring about a specified appearance or characterization <
an act which reflects well on her
c. to have a bearing or influence Synonyms: see think

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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