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reflect

re·flect

reflect

 
 
pronunciation:
rih flekt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: reflected, reflecting, reflects
definition 1: to throw back (light, heat, sound, or the like), as from a surface.
The surface of the lake reflected the bright sunlight.
similar words:
cast, echo, mirror, resonate, resound, return, reverberate
definition 2: of a mirror or mirrorlike surface, to cast back (an image).
The ocean reflected the setting sun.The mirror reflected his wrinkled and worn-out face.
synonyms:
mirror
similar words:
cast, image
definition 3: to show forth; make apparent.
His acts reflected his anxious state of mind.Your research paper reflects hard work and careful thought.
synonyms:
demonstrate, display, express, register, show
similar words:
chew, exhibit, expose, manifest, reveal
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be returned back as heat or light.
similar words:
rebound
definition 2: to throw back an image.
similar words:
shine
definition 3: to ponder or think about.
He reflected on the problem.
synonyms:
contemplate, meditate, mull, ponder, ruminate
similar words:
chew over, cogitate, consider, study, think
definition 4: to show forth a particular aspect, as of a person's capability (usu. fol. by on).
The results reflect badly on her.
similar words:
consider, damage, diminish, discredit, enhance, favor, impair, improve, undermine
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derivations: reflectingly (adv.), reflectibility (n.)
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