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noun     reflection pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] an image that you see when you look in a mirror or other shiny surface
    reflection in:

    Anna stared at her reflection in the hall mirror.

    reflection of:

    We could see the reflection of clouds on the water.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] careful thought about something

    After a period of reflection, Russell decided to leave.

    on/upon reflection (=after thinking about something carefully):

    At the time I thought I was right, but on reflection I think perhaps I wasn’t.

    1. a.
      [plural] formal your reflections on something are your ideas or opinions about it that you have thought about carefully
  3. 3
    [countable] something that clearly shows something
    reflection of:

    Your choice of clothes is a reflection of your personality.

    true/accurate reflection:

    The play isn’t a true reflection of Roman times.



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