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

    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. Reflectverb

    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. Reflectverb

    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. 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

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

  6. Reflectverb

    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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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. Mitch Landrieu:

    These monuments will be preserved until an appropriate place to display them is determined. Once removed, we will have the opportunity to join together and select new unifying symbols that truly reflect who we are today.

  2. Paul Olliff:

    However, given it will be classed as a 'trophy asset', buyers might not be put off by a financial performance that doesn't reflect the sale price, whether it's an inflated price or not, this should not be seen as an indication of the buoyant hotel market in the UK in a wider context, primarily because the Ritz is almost a 'one-off.'.

  3. Franklin Templeton:

    If we do get a little sniff of higher yields or a wee bit of inflation or even a return to growth or even the Fed trying to get through to a second rate hike, we think the valuations (of banks) could start to reflect an improving fundamental scenario.

  4. Charles Dickens, A Tale Of Two Cities:

    A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it!

  5. Space Operations Gen. John Raymond:

    Similar activities in any other domain would be interpreted as potentially threatening behavior, this is unusual and disturbing behavior and has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space. The United States finds these recent activities to be concerning and do not reflect the behavior of a responsible spacefaring nation.

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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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