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[ri-flekt] /rɪˈflɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to cast back (light, heat, sound, etc.) from a surface:
The mirror reflected the light onto the wall.
to give back or show an image of; mirror.
(of an act or its result) to serve to cast or bring (credit, discredit, etc.) on its performer.
to reproduce; show:
followers reflecting the views of the leader.
to throw or cast back; cause to return or rebound:
Her bitterness reflects gloom on all her family.
verb (used without object)
to be turned or cast back, as light.
to cast back light, heat, etc.
to be reflected or mirrored.
to give back or show an image.
to think, ponder, or meditate:
to reflect on one's virtues and faults.
to serve or tend to bring reproach or discredit by association:
His crimes reflected on the whole community.
to serve to give a particular aspect or impression:
The test reflects well on your abilities.
Origin of reflect
1350-1400; Middle English reflecten < Latin reflectere to bend back, equivalent to re- re- + flectere to bend
Related forms
reflectedly, adverb
reflectedness, noun
reflectibility, noun
reflectible, adjective
reflectingly, adverb
interreflect, verb
misreflect, verb
nonreflected, adjective
nonreflecting, adjective
well-reflected, adjective
4. manifest. 6. rebound. 10. ruminate, deliberate, muse, consider, cogitate, contemplate. See study1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reflected
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  • Victoria, when she got over her astonishment at this, reflected quickly.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Still he reflected that he would be unable to get out, and in the morning he could go for the constable.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • After all, it is often the dreams of the youth which determine the career of the man, he reflected.

    Nuala O'Malley H. Bedford-Jones
  • Every motion in his great soul was reflected in his face and form.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • "But men will be men," she reflected, and tried to think of something to say, and couldn't.

    In a Mysterious Way Anne Warner
British Dictionary definitions for reflected


to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which light, other electromagnetic radiation, sound, particles, etc, are thrown back after impinging on a surface
(of a mirror, etc) to form an image of (something) by reflection
(transitive) to show or express: his tactics reflect his desire for power
(transitive) to bring as a consequence: the success of the project reflected great credit on all the staff
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to cause to be regarded in a specified way: her behaviour reflects well on her
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to cast dishonour, discredit, etc (on): his conduct reflects on his parents
(intransitive) usually foll by on. to think, meditate, or ponder
Word Origin
C15: from Latin reflectere to bend back, from re- + flectere to bend; see flex
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Word Origin and History for reflected



late 14c., "turn or bend back;" early 15c., "to divert, to turn aside, deflect," from Old French reflecter (14c.), from Latin reflectere "bend back, turn back" (see reflection). Of mirrors or polished surfaces, to shine back light rays or images, early 15c.; meaning "to turn one's thoughts back on" is c.1600. Related: Reflected; reflecting.

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reflected in Medicine

reflect re·flect (rĭ-flěkt')
v. re·flect·ed, re·flect·ing, re·flects

  1. To bend back.

  2. To throw or bend back light, heat, or sound from a surface.

  3. To think seriously.

  4. To send back a motor impulse in response to a sensory stimulus.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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