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Definitions of reflect

  1. To throw back light, heat, &c.; to bend back; to consider thoughtfully, specially on one's actions. To reflect on, to cast censure or reproach. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To throw back, as rays of light or heat which have struck on any substance; to give back an image of, as in a mirror; to give back as a result; as, his act reflects honor upon him; to show the effect of; as, her conduct reflects her mother's training. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To bend back: to throw back after striking upon any surface, as light, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To bend or throw back from a surface. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To throw back, as rays of light. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To return an image of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To be sent back; to rebound as from a surface; to revert; to return. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To throw back rays of light, etc.; to give back an image; to consider in the mind; think; cast reproach; cause shame or blame; as, bad behavior in school reflects upon home training. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To be thrown back, as light, heat, etc.: to revolve in the mind: to consider attentively or deeply: to ponder: to cast reproach or censure. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To revolve in the mind; cast reproach. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. give evidence of the quality of; "The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. give evidence that someone has acted in a certain way; "His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. to throw or bend back or reflect (from a surface); "A mirror in the sun can reflect light into a person's eyes"; "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. manifest or bring back; "This action reflects his true beliefs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. give evidence of a certain behavior; "His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. To give back an image or likeness of; to mirror. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To bend back; to give a backwad 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To send back rays, as of light. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To think upon the past; ponder; meditate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. To cast reproach; blame. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. To throw back, specially after striking on a surface. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. To throw back light, heat, &c.; to return rays or beams; to throw back; to revolve in the mind; to ponder; to meditate; to cast censure or reproach on or upon. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for reflect

  1. After that, 'twould be useless to add with my life, if required- that of course; and this ought to satisfy any son- in- law, who was a gentleman- none such could glance or mean to reflect on Dora." – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  2. This was a remark on which the child had again to reflect – What Maisie Knew by Henry James
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