What does reflect mean?

Definitions for reflect
rɪˈflɛktre·flect

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reflect.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reflectverb

    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, speculateverb

    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, reverberateverb

    to throw or bend back (from a surface)

    "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium"

  4. reflect, shineverb

    be bright by reflecting or casting light

    "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"

  5. reflectverb

    show an image of

    "her sunglasses reflected his image"

  6. reflectverb

    give evidence of a certain behavior

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

  7. reflectverb

    give evidence of the quality of

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

Wiktionary

  1. reflectverb

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

    A mirror reflects the light that shines on it.

  2. reflectverb

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

    The moonlight reflected from the surface of water.

  3. reflectverb

    To mirror, or show the image of something.

    The shop window reflected his image as he walked past.

  4. reflectverb

    To be mirrored.

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

  5. reflectverb

    To agree with; to closely follow.

    Entries in English dictionaries aim to reflect common usage.

  6. reflectverb

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

  7. reflectverb

    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. Reflectverb

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

  4. Reflectverb

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

  5. Reflectverb

    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. Reflectverb

    to cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor

  7. Etymology: [L. reflectere, reflexum; pref. re- re- + flectere to bend or turn. See Flexible, and cf. Reflex, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reflect

    rē-flekt′, v.t. to bend back: to throw back after striking upon any surface, as light, &c.—v.i. to be thrown back, as light, heat, &c.: to revolve in the mind: to consider attentively or deeply: to ponder: to cast reproach or censure (with on, upon).—p.adj. Reflect′ed, cast or thrown back: turned upward: reflexed.—adjs. Reflect′ible, capable of being reflected; Reflect′ing, throwing back light, heat, &c.: given to reflection: thoughtful.—adv. Reflect′ingly, with reflection: with censure.—Reflecting telescope, a form of telescope in which the image of the object to be viewed is produced by a concave reflector instead of a lens, as in the refracting telescope. [Fr.,—L. reflectĕre, reflexumre-, again, flectĕre, to bend.]

Editors Contribution

  1. reflect

    To create proof of a behavior.

    The unity did reflect on earth of everyone working together.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 5, 2020  
  2. reflect

    To manifest truth.

    The voice of the people did reflect the with their unity being reflected around them.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 5, 2020  
  3. reflect

    To review our life, choices, aspirations, goals and thoughts.

    As human beings we take a moment to reflect and affirm our unity, love, relationships, goals and aspirations.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 30, 2020  
  4. reflect

    Visual color.

    The picture did reflect the scene of their wedding day.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reflect in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reflect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of reflect in a Sentence

  1. Eman Joharjy:

    They reflect freedom and the willingness to embrace life and make it easy for the modern woman, besides, women love color.

  2. Matt Hodgson:

    Trying to take tons of dogs and travel from North America or somewhere around the world, North America's so expensive and there's no money in North America, there's so many distances, so many categories -- which do you select ? Is North America going to be teams of huskies or teams of greyhound crosses ? What distances are they going to run ? Does North America reflect the sport ?

  3. Stefan Worrall:

    Indications are that they are probably going to experience a bit of touch-up on the downside but it's unclear how much and how that might reflect in regional markets.

  4. Alejandro Mayorkas:

    Starting on January 22, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security will require that non-U.S. individuals entering the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals along our Northern and Southern borders be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be prepared to show related proof of vaccination, these updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to protecting public health while safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy.

  5. Frontier Myanmar:

    We strongly condemn the arbitrary conditions of their detention, which reflect the brutality with which the military junta treats journalists.

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Translations for reflect

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  • عكسArabic
  • zrcadlit, odrazit, odrážetCzech
  • afspejleDanish
  • spiegeln, sich spiegeln, zurückspiegeln, sinnen, widerspiegeln, reflektieren, nachdenken, gespiegelt werdenGerman
  • speguliEsperanto
  • recapacitar, reflexionar, cavilar, reflejarSpanish
  • منعکس کردنPersian
  • heijastaa, pohtia, vastata, heijastua, miettiä, pohdiskella, kuvastua, kuvastaaFinnish
  • réfléchir, refléterFrench
  • léiriúIrish
  • saoil, cnuasaich, meòraich, smaoinichScottish Gaelic
  • ביטא, חשב, הרהר, החזיר, שיקףHebrew
  • प्रतिबिंबितHindi
  • riflettereItalian
  • 反射する, 映す, 反映するJapanese
  • ជះស្រមោល, ធ្វើឲ្យឃើញស្រមោល, បញ្ចាំងឲ្យឃើញKhmer
  • 반사하다Korean
  • videoLatin
  • tenke over, speile, reflektereNorwegian
  • weerspiegelen, weerkaatsenDutch
  • tenkje over, reflektere, spegleNorwegian Nynorsk
  • refletirPortuguese
  • отразить, размыслить, отражаться, отразиться, размышлять, отражатьRussian
  • återkastaSwedish
  • పరావర్తనం చెందు, ప్రతిబింబిస్తాయిTelugu
  • yansıtmakTurkish

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