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reflect

re·flect

reflect

 
 
pronunciation:
rih flekt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: reflected, reflecting, reflects
definition 1: to throw back from a surface.
Insulation reflects heat back into a building.
similar words:
cast, echo, mirror, resound, return
definition 2: to throw back an image of; mirror.
The ocean reflected the setting sun.
synonyms:
mirror
similar words:
cast
definition 3: to show; express.
These grades reflect your hard work.
synonyms:
demonstrate, display, register, show
similar words:
exhibit, expose, reveal
definition 4: to give a particular view of a person's ability or character (usually followed by "on").
Her rude comments will reflect badly on her.
similar words:
consider, damage, diminish, enhance, favor, impair, improve
definition 5: to think about; ponder.
He reflected on the problem.
synonyms:
meditate, ponder
similar words:
chew over, consider, think
derivations: reflectingly (adv.), reflectibility (n.)
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The word reflect contains the following parts:
re- Latin prefix that means again; back or back again
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The prefix re- occurs in verbs that are Latin loanwords, where it can mean "again" (revise ) or "back again" (reflect ). It also attaches to English verbs (replay , rewind) with both meanings. Any verb can be prefixed by "re- " to indicate that an action is repeated. No hyphen is necessary unless the word formed is identical to an existing word (re-sign the document, but resign from a job).
flect, flex Latin root that means bend