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. 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"

Wiktionary

  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

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

  2. Reflect

    to give back an image or likeness of; to mirror

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

  3. Reflect(verb)

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

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

  4. Reflect(verb)

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

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

  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

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

  6. Reflect(verb)

    to cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor

    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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How to say reflect in sign language?

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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. Steve Cohen:

    ... the government should not regulate, but instead market forces, which reflect consumer decisions, and competition should determine what is offered. ... And as with any commercial product or service, customers vote every day with their wallet.

  2. United States:

    Insurance status in the US is a complex construct and may reflect a combination of other unmeasured factors such as socioeconomic status, the impact of United States health insurance/health care policy and survival in US( cystic fibrosis) patients needs further targeted study in order to make definitive conclusions.

  3. Russell Moore:

    I think the death of Billy Graham is a time for all of us to reflect on the hope that Billy Graham preached – forgiveness of sins and peace with God through Jesus Christ, i hope there’s a great deal of reflection, not just on what Billy Graham did, but why.

  4. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness:

    The world is moving on and Ireland is taking the lead, politicians, particularly in the north need to reflect on this progress.

  5. Cory Booker:

    You can be sure mine are going to reflect the people who most inspired me.

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Translations for reflect

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  • عكسArabic
  • odrážet, odrazit, zrcadlitCzech
  • nachdenken, reflektieren, sich spiegeln, sinnen, gespiegelt werden, spiegeln, widerspiegeln, zurückspiegelnGerman
  • speguliEsperanto
  • reflejar, reflexionar, cavilar, recapacitarSpanish
  • منعکس کردنPersian
  • kuvastaa, kuvastua, miettiä, heijastua, vastata, heijastaa, pohtia, pohdiskellaFinnish
  • réfléchir, refléterFrench
  • léiriúIrish
  • cnuasaich, smaoinich, meòraich, saoilScottish Gaelic
  • החזיר, שיקף, ביטא, הרהר, חשבHebrew
  • प्रतिबिंबितHindi
  • riflettereItalian
  • 反映する, 映す, 反射するJapanese
  • ជះស្រមោល, ធ្វើឲ្យឃើញស្រមោល, បញ្ចាំងឲ្យឃើញKhmer
  • 반사하다Korean
  • videoLatin
  • reflektere, tenke over, speileNorwegian
  • weerspiegelen, weerkaatsenDutch
  • spegle, reflektere, tenkje overNorwegian Nynorsk
  • refletirPortuguese
  • отражать, размыслить, отразиться, размышлять, отразить, отражатьсяRussian
  • återkastaSwedish
  • పరావర్తనం చెందు, ప్రతిబింబిస్తాయిTelugu
  • yansıtmakTurkish

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