Definitions for reflectrɪˈflɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to cast back (light, heat, sound, etc.) from a surface.

    Category: Optics

  2. to give back or show an image of; mirror.

  3. to serve to cast or bring (credit, discredit, etc.).

  4. to express; show:

    followers reflecting the views of the leader.

  5. (v.i.)to be turned or cast back, as light.

  6. to cast back light, heat, etc.

    Category: Optics

  7. to be reflected or mirrored.

    Category: Optics

  8. to give back or show an image.

  9. to think, ponder, or meditate:

    to reflect on one's faults.

  10. to serve or tend to bring reproach or discredit:

    His crimes reflected on the whole community.

  11. to serve to give a particular aspect or impression:

    The test reflects well on your abilities.

Origin of reflect:

1350–1400; ME < L reflectere to bend back =re-re - +flectere to bend

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reflect(verb)

    manifest or bring back

    "This action reflects his true beliefs"

  2. chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate(verb)

    reflect deeply on a subject

    "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"

  3. reflect, reverberate(verb)

    to throw or bend back (from a surface)

    "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium"

  4. reflect, shine(verb)

    be bright by reflecting or casting light

    "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"

  5. reflect(verb)

    show an image of

    "her sunglasses reflected his image"

  6. reflect(verb)

    give evidence of a certain behavior

    "His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him"

  7. reflect(verb)

    give evidence of the quality of

    "The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. reflect(verb)ɪˈflɛkt

    (of a mirror, water, etc.) to show an image on its surface

    the buildings were reflected in the harbor

  2. reflectɪˈflɛkt

    to redirect light, sound, heat, etc. from a surface

    a material that will reflect light to make the room brighter

  3. reflectɪˈflɛkt

    to think about sth

    time to reflect on the day's events

  4. reflectɪˈflɛkt

    to reveal or be a sign of sth

    The way you decorate your house reflects the kind of person you are.


  1. reflect(Verb)

    To bend back (light, etc.) from a surface.

    A mirror reflects the light that shines on it.

  2. reflect(Verb)

    To be bent back (light, etc.) from a surface.

    The moonlight reflected from the surface of water.

  3. reflect(Verb)

    To mirror, or show the image of something.

    The shop window reflected his image as he walked past.

  4. reflect(Verb)

    To be mirrored.

    His image reflected from the shop window as he walked past.

  5. reflect(Verb)

    To agree with; to closely follow.

    Entries in English dictionaries aim to reflect common usage.

  6. reflect(Verb)

    To give evidence of someone's or something's character etc.

  7. reflect(Verb)

    To think seriously; to ponder or consider.

    People do that sort of thing every day, without ever stopping to reflect on the consequences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reflect

    to bend back; to give a backwa/d turn to; to throw back; especially, to cause to return after striking upon any surface; as, a mirror reflects rays of light; polished metals reflect heat

  2. Reflect

    to give back an image or likeness of; to mirror

  3. Reflect(verb)

    to throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or beams

  4. Reflect(verb)

    to be sent back; to rebound as from a surface; to revert; to return

  5. Reflect(verb)

    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

  6. Reflect(verb)

    to cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reflect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2654

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reflect' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4045

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reflect' in Verbs Frequency: #202

Translations for reflect

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to send back (light, heat etc)

The white sand reflected the sun's heat.

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