American English

Definition of reflect verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reflect
    he / she / it reflects
    past simple reflected
    -ing form reflecting
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  1. 1[transitive, usually passive] reflect somebody/something (in something) to show the image of someone or something on the surface of something such as a mirror, water, or glass His face was reflected in the mirror. She could see herself reflected in his eyes.
  2. 2[transitive] reflect something to throw back light, heat, sound, etc. from a surface The windows reflected the bright afternoon sunlight. When the sun's rays hit the earth, a lot of the heat is reflected back into space. This material absorbs the sound, and doesn't reflect it.
  3. 3[transitive] reflect something to show or be a sign of the nature of something or of someone's attitude or feeling Our newspaper aims to reflect the views of the local community. His music reflects his interest in African culture.
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] to think carefully and deeply about something Before I decide, I need time to reflect. reflect on/upon something She was left to reflect on the implications of her decision. reflect that… On the way home he reflected that the interview had gone well. reflect how, what, etc… She reflected how different it could have been. + speech “It could all have been so different,” she reflected.
  5. Idioms
    reflect well, badly, etc. on somebody/something
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    to make someone or something appear to be good, bad, etc. to other people This incident reflects badly on everyone involved.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: reflect