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Definitions of reflect

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

Quotes of reflect

  1. As I suffer in the defence of my Country, I must consider this hour as the most glorious of my life -Remember that I die as becomes a British Officer, while the manner of my death must reflect disgrace on your Commander. – John Andre
  2. We must ensure that the global market is embedded in broadly shared values and practices that reflect global social needs, and that all the world's people share the benefits of globalization. – Kofi Annan
  3. The executive moves we are announcing today will strengthen American for the long -term future and reflect well on the depth of the Company's management team. – Gerard Arpey
  4. Our great symbol for the Goddess is the moon, whose three aspects reflect the three stages in women's lives and whose cycles of waxing and waning coincide with women's menstrual cycles. – Carol P. Christ
  5. I started noticing how stained the pavements are in London. The pavements in Beverly Hills aren't used; in London, they're used for everything. It doesn't matter how much they're cleaned, they still reflect light. – Julie Christie
  6. Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts. – Clarence Day
  7. With scientific advances, Congress must now make changes to reflect new therapeutic options. – Nathan Deal
  8. The philosopher creates, he doesn't reflect – Gilles Deleuze
  9. How do I tell people who I am? Not being a writer, the only way is to sing songs that reflect my opinions. – Cass Elliot
  10. I reflect back 35 years ago, and look how far we have come in America with our environmental policy to improve the conditions of our air and water, and we have had some real successes. – Jay Inslee
  11. We just want to win. That's the bottom line. I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little bit of success, but we don't really reflect on what we've done in the past. We focus on the present. – Derek Jeter
  12. It may not necessarily reflect my current frame of mind. Sometimes I have to put myself at the point in time of the voice that I'm trying to sing with. – Todd Rundgren
  13. One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. – Lao Tzu
  14. Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future. – Paul Wellstone
  15. We cannot observe external things without some degree of Thought; nor can we reflect upon our Thoughts, without being influenced in the course of our reflection by the Things which we have observed. – William Whewell

Usage examples for reflect

  1. “ Mrs. Dulan did not immediately reply, but looked at Willie, and seemed to reflect – The Rector of St. Mark's by Mary J. Holmes
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Now he began to reflect – In Search of a Son by William Shepard Walsh
  7. “ I hope my friend in the railway carriage will reflect on this. ” – Leaves in the Wind by A. G. Gardiner
  8. 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
  9. “ 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
  10. 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
  11. Brief as was the journey it gave him time to reflect upon his coming interview with Rosey. ” – Frontier Stories by Bret Harte
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. This was a remark on which the child had again to reflect – What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. But, of course, they did not reflect anything. ” – Dame Care by Hermann Sudermann
  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. In what manner does that reflect on my good name, Miss Pickett? ” – The Long Chance by Peter B. Kyne
  20. If you reflect in a mirror you get another arrangement, which also is not considered different. ” – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney

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