reflect - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlereflecting
past tensereflected
past participlereflected
  1. 1
    [transitive] physics if a surface reflects something, you can see the image of that thing on the surface
    be reflected in:

    I caught a glimpse of them reflected in the mirror.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if light reflects, or if something reflects light, the light shines back off that thing

      Pale colours reflect light.

      reflect off:

      The morning light reflected off the snow.

       Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    [transitive] to show the existence or nature of something

    He said that the statement did not reflect his own views.

    be reflected in:

    Public anger is reflected in the latest opinion polls.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to think about something carefully

    He reflects for a moment and then begins to speak again.

    reflect on:

    Josie reflected on how easily she could have been killed.

phrasal verbs