December 27, 2020
Learner's Word of the Day
reflect /rɪˈflɛkt/ verb

reflects; reflected; reflecting

Taking a moment to reflect
Taking a moment to reflect
Learner's definition of REFLECT

1 a [no object] of light, sound, etc. : to move in one direction, hit a surface, and then quickly move in a different and usually opposite direction — usually + off

  • The light reflected off the mirror.

  • The sound of our voices reflected off the walls of the tunnel.

1 b [+ object]
◊ When a surface reflects light, sound, or heat, it causes the light, sound, or heat that hits it to move or bounce away in a different direction.

  • A polished surface reflects light.

  • The tiles are used to reflect heat.

  • The moon shines with reflected light. [=the moon shines because it is reflecting the light that shines on it from the sun]

2 [+ object] : to show the image of (something) on a surface

  • The old church is reflected in the glass exterior of the skyscraper.

  • The clouds were reflected [=mirrored] in the surface of the lake.

3 [+ object] : to show (something) : to make (something) known

  • Her book clearly reflects her beliefs.

  • Where you learned a language is reflected in your accent.

4 a [no object] : to cause people to think of someone or something in a specified way — + on or upon

  • The book leaves out things that might reflect badly/poorly on him. [=things that might make him look bad]

  • Your achievement reflects well on your school. = Your achievement reflects credit on your school. [=your achievement shows that your school taught you well]

4 b [no object] : to cause people to disapprove of someone or something — + on or upon

  • His bad behavior reflects on all of us.

5 a [no object] : to think carefully about something

  • You should take some time to reflect before you make a decision.

— often + on or upon

  • I've been reflecting on my experiences here.

5 b [+ object] : to think or say (something) after careful thought

  • She was disappointed with their decision, but she reflected that it could have been worse.

  • “It could have been worse,” she reflected.

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