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.

1350–1400; Middle English reflecten < Latin reflectere to bend back, equivalent to re- re- + flectere to bend

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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reflect (rɪˈflɛkt)
vb (usually foll by on)
1.  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
2.  (of a mirror, etc) to form an image of (something) by reflection
3.  (tr) to show or express: his tactics reflect his desire for power
4.  (tr) to bring as a consequence: the success of the project reflected great credit on all the staff
5.  (intr; foll by on or upon) to cause to be regarded in a specified way: her behaviour reflects well on her
6.  (intr; foll by on or upon) to cast dishonour, discredit, etc (on): his conduct reflects on his parents
7.  to think, meditate, or ponder
[C15: from Latin reflectere to bend back, from re- + flectere to bend; see flex]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "to divert, to turn aside, deflect," from O.Fr. reflecter (14c.), from L. reflectere (see reflection). Of mirrors or polished surfaces, to shine back light rays or images, 1520s; meaning "to turn one's thoughts back on" is c.1600.
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Medical Dictionary

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.

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Example sentences
Reflecting general trends in broadcasting, the bulk of the material comes from
  conversations and interviews.
The people in these countries are mostly governed by dictators, thus reflecting
  their nation's mentality.
But the other twists and turns, flattens and broadens, forming a number of
  air-filled sacs capable of reflecting sound.
He wants to build additional gift shops and restaurants reflecting the crafts
  and cuisines of these varied cultures.
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