Definitions of reflect

  1. 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"
  2. be bright by reflecting or casting light; " Drive carefully-- the wet road reflects"
  3. give evidence of the quality of; " The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student"
  4. give evidence that someone has acted in a certain way; " His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him"
  5. 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"
  6. manifest or bring back; " This action reflects his true beliefs"
  7. give evidence of a certain behavior; " His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him"
  8. To give back an image or likeness of; to mirror.
  9. To throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or beams.
  10. To be sent back; to rebound as from a surface; to revert; to return.
  11. 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.
  12. To cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 1. To bend back. 2. To throw back, as the rays of light from a mirror. 3. To meditate, to think over a matter. 4. To send back a motor impulse in response to a sensory stimulus, referring to the nervous centers.
  17. To bend back: to throw back after striking upon any surface, as light, etc.
  18. 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.
  19. To bend or throw back from a surface.
  20. To revolve in the mind; cast reproach.
  21. To throw back, as rays of light.
  22. To return an image of.
  23. To send back rays, as of light.
  24. To think upon the past; ponder; meditate.
  25. To cast reproach; blame.
  26. To throw back, specially after striking on a surface.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.

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. That you should reflect before you give me an answer, I can understand; but please let me know my fate as soon as possible. – Belles and Ringers by Hawley Smart
  3. They do not stop to reflect that so much wealth has been wiped out of the world, and that instead of the destruction furnishing so much additional employment, it has only changed the direction of the employment. – Monopolies and the People by Charles Whiting Baker
  4. For of course the great man selected from his pupils only those whose appearance in public would reflect credit upon him. – The Camp Fire Girls Across the Seas by Margaret Vandercook
  5. This was a remark on which the child had again to reflect – What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  6. At Tyburn he addressed himself to the people and begged they would not reflect upon his parents, who knew nothing of his crimes. – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward
  7. If you reflect in a mirror you get another arrangement, which also is not considered different. – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney
  8. Now he began to reflect – In Search of a Son by William Shepard Walsh
  9. After she had vanished from the head of the clearing into the wood, and I was left quite alone, with the house burning over my head, I paused one moment to reflect what had best be done. – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  10. In October he was again examined; but, having nothing to reveal, it was inevitable that he could reveal nothing; and he was again sent back to his cell " to reflect – The Autobiography of a Slander by Edna Lyall
  11. In the meantime he could only reflect that Margaret must remain as a pupil at Miss Marlett's. – The Mark Of Cain by Andrew Lang
  12. As soon as Miss Todd was gone, Miss Mackenzie went to work to reflect seriously upon all she had just heard. – Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope
  13. Mrs. Dulan did not immediately reply, but looked at Willie, and seemed to reflect – The Rector of St. Mark's by Mary J. Holmes
  14. Something might be made of it, I reflect one must know exactly how it all is, then add a little to it, and it will make a novel. – Stories and Pictures by Isaac Loeb Peretz
  15. Brief as was the journey it gave him time to reflect upon his coming interview with Rosey. – Frontier Stories by Bret Harte
  16. In what manner does that reflect on my good name, Miss Pickett? – The Long Chance by Peter B. Kyne
  17. I hope my friend in the railway carriage will reflect on this. – Leaves in the Wind by A. G. Gardiner
  18. I'll go home and reflect on the matter." – Mark Twain, A Biography, Vol. 1, Part 1, 1835-1866 The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine
  19. It was perhaps not so much that the old stories found little response in the new form of society, as that they did not reflect that society. – John Lyly by John Dover Wilson
  20. But, of course, they did not reflect anything. – Dame Care by Hermann Sudermann