- 1 [transitive, usually passive] reflect somebody/something (in something) to show the image of somebody/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 [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. See related entries: Energy and physical forces
- 3 [transitive] reflect something to show or be a sign of the nature of something or of somebody’s attitude or feeling Our newspaper aims to reflect the views of the local community. His music reflects his interest in African culture.
- 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. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French reflecter or Latin reflectere, from re-
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BrE BrE//rɪˈflekt//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈflekt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reflect
BrE BrE//rɪˈflekt//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈflekt//he / she / it reflects
BrE BrE//rɪˈflekts//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈflekts//past simple reflected
BrE BrE//rɪˈflektɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈflektɪd//past participle reflected
BrE BrE//rɪˈflektɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈflektɪd//-ing form reflecting
BrE BrE//rɪˈflektɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈflektɪŋ//Energy and physical forces