reflect

Something that reflects comes back to you. If you look in a mirror, you will see your reflected image. If you reflect on your past experiences, you look at them once again thoughtfully.

Reflect also means to give evidence of the character or quality of something. Most parents want their children to reflect their own strengths by emulating their behavior. A set of telling statistics could reflect the buying trends in an economic cycle. Reflecting can mean seeing something original in another form or image.

Primary Meanings of reflect

1.
v
throw or bend back (from a surface)
2.
v
manifest or bring back
Full Definitions of reflect
1

v throw or bend back (from a surface)

“Sound is reflected well in this auditorium”
Synonyms:
reverberate
reverberate
be reflected as heat, sound, or light or shock waves
Types:
reverberate
be reflected as heat, sound, or light or shock waves
mirror
reflect as if in a mirror

v show an image of

“her sunglasses reflected his image”
Type of:
show
make visible or noticeable

v be bright by reflecting or casting light

“Drive carefully--the wet road reflects
Synonyms:
shine
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resplend
be resplendent or radiant; to shine brightly
glare
be sharply reflected
opalesce
reflect light or colors like an opal
luminesce
be or become luminescent; exhibit luminescence
coruscate, scintillate, sparkle
reflect brightly
Type of:
emit, give off, give out
give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.
2

v manifest or bring back

“This action reflects his true beliefs”
Type of:
designate, indicate, point, show
indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively

v give evidence of a certain behavior

“His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him”
Type of:
attest, certify, demonstrate, evidence, manifest
provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

v give evidence of

“The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student”
Types:
mirror
reflect or resemble
Type of:
attest, certify, demonstrate, evidence, manifest
provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

v reflect deeply on a subject

Synonyms:
chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, ruminate, speculate, think over
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premeditate
think or reflect beforehand or in advance
theologise, theologize
make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects
introspect
reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings
bethink
consider or ponder something carefully
cogitate
consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind
question, wonder
place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
puzzle
be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
consider, study
give careful consideration to
factor, factor in, factor out
consider as relevant when making a decision
compare, equate, liken
consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous
scruple
have doubts about
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cerebrate, cogitate, think
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

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