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Reflect definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

REFLECT', v.t. [L. reflecto; re and flecto, to bend.]
To throw back; to return. In the rainbow, the rays of light are reflected as well as refracted.
Bodies close together reflect their own color.
REFLECT', v.i.
1. To throw back light; to return rays or beams; as a reflecting mirror or gem.
2. To bend back.
3. To throw or turn back the thoughts upon the past operations of the mind or upon past events. We reflect with pleasure on a generous or heroic action; we reflect with pain on our follies and vices; we reflect on our former thoughts, meditations and opinions.
4. To consider attentively; to revolve in the mind; to contemplate; as, I will reflect on this subject.
And as I much reflected, much I mourn'd.
In every action, reflect upon the end.
[To reflect on things future, is not strictly possible, yet the word is often used as synonymous with meditate and contemplate.]
5. To bring reproach.
Errors of wives reflect on husband still.
To reflect on, to cast censure or reproach.
I do not reflect in the least on the memory of his late majesty.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: manifest or bring back; "This action reflects his true beliefs"
2: 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" [syn: chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate]
3: to throw or bend back (from a surface); "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium" [syn: reflect, reverberate]
4: be bright by reflecting or casting light; "Drive carefully-- the wet road reflects" [syn: reflect, shine]
5: show an image of; "her sunglasses reflected his image"
6: give evidence of a certain behavior; "His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him"
7: give evidence of the quality of; "The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student"

Merriam Webster's

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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. 1 tr. a (of a surface or body) throw back (heat, light, sound, etc.). b cause to rebound (reflected light). 2 tr. (of a mirror) show an image of; reproduce to the eye or mind. 3 tr. correspond in appearance or effect to; have as a cause or source (their behaviour reflects a wish to succeed). 4 tr. a (of an action, result, etc.) show or bring (credit, discredit, etc.). b (absol.; usu. foll. by on, upon) bring discredit on. 5 a intr. (often foll. by on, upon) meditate on; think about. b tr. (foll. by that, how, etc. + clause) consider; remind oneself. 6 intr. (usu. foll. by upon, on) make disparaging remarks. Phrases and idioms: reflecting telescope = REFLECTOR. Etymology: ME f. OF reflecter or L reflectere (as RE-, flectere flex- bend)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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 back; especially, to cause to return after striking upon any surface; as, a mirror reflects rays of light; polished metals reflect heat. Let me mind the reader to reflect his eye on our quotations. --Fuller. Bodies close together reflect their own color. --Dryden. 2. To give back an image or likeness of; to mirror. Nature is the glass reflecting God, As by the sea reflected is the sun. --Young.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Reflect Re*flect" v. i. 1. To throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or beams. 2. To be sent back; to rebound as from a surface; to revert; to return. Whose virtues will, I hope, Reflect on Rome, as Titan's rays on earth. --Shak. 3. 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. We can not be said to reflect upon any external object, except so far as that object has been previously perceived, and its image become part and parcel of our intellectual furniture. --Sir W. Hamilton. All men are concious of the operations of their own minds, at all times, while they are awake, but there few who reflect upon them, or make them objects of thought. --Reid. As I much reflected, much I mourned. --Prior. 4. To cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor. Errors of wives reflect on husbands still. --Dryden. Neither do I reflect in the least upon the memory of his late majesty. --Swift. Syn: To consider; think; cogitate; mediate; contemplate; ponder; muse; ruminate.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(reflects, reflecting, reflected) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. If something reflects an attitude or situation, it shows that the attitude or situation exists or it shows what it is like. The Los Angeles riots reflected the bitterness between the black and Korean communities in the city... = show VERB: V n 2. When light, heat or other rays reflect off a surface or when a surface reflects them, they are sent back from the surface and do not pass through it. The sun reflected off the snow-covered mountains... The glass appears to reflect light naturally. VERB: V prep, V n 3. When something is reflected in a mirror or in water, you can see its image in the mirror or in the water. His image seemed to be reflected many times in the mirror. VERB: usu passive, be V-ed 4. When you reflect on something, you think deeply about it. We should all give ourselves time to reflect... I reflected on the child's future. VERB: V, V on/upon n 5. You can use reflect to indicate that a particular thought occurs to someone. Things were very much changed since before the war, he reflected. VERB: V that 6. If an action or situation reflects in a particular way on someone or something, it gives people a good or bad impression of them. The affair hardly reflected well on the British... Your own personal behavior as a teacher, outside of school hours, reflects on the school itself. VERB: V adv on n, V on n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. Mirror, throw back. II. v. n. 1. Think, cogitate, muse, meditate, deliberate, ponder, consider, contemplate, ruminate. 2. Bring reproach, cast reproach.

Moby Thesaurus

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