1. manifest or bring back;
- Example: "This action reflects his true beliefs"
2. reflect deeply on a subject;
- Example: "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"
- Example: "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"
- Example: "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
[syn: chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate]
3. to throw or bend back (from a surface);
- Example: "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium"
[syn: reflect, reverberate]
4. be bright by reflecting or casting light;
- Example: "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"
[syn: reflect, shine]
5. show an image of;
- Example: "her sunglasses reflected his image"
6. give evidence of a certain behavior;
- Example: "His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him"
7. give evidence of the quality of;
- Example: "The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reflect \Re*flect"\ v. i. 1. To throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or beams. [1913 Webster] 2. To be sent back; to rebound as from a surface; to revert; to return. [1913 Webster] Whose virtues will, I hope, Reflect on Rome, as Titan's rays on earth. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To throw or turn back the thoughts upon anything; to contemplate. Specifically: To attend earnestly to what passes within the mind; to attend to the facts or phenomena of consciousness; to use attention or earnest thought; to meditate; especially, to think in relation to moral truth or rules. [1913 Webster] We can not be said to reflect upon any external object, except so far as that object has been previously perceived, and its image become part and parcel of our intellectual furniture. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] All men are concious of the operations of their own minds, at all times, while they are awake, but there few who reflect upon them, or make them objects of thought. --Reid. [1913 Webster] As I much reflected, much I mourned. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 4. To cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor. [1913 Webster] Errors of wives reflect on husbands still. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Neither do I reflect in the least upon the memory of his late majesty. --Swift. [1913 Webster] Syn: To consider; think; cogitate; mediate; contemplate; ponder; muse; ruminate. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reflect \Re*flect"\ (r?*fl?kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reflected; p. pr. & vb. n. Reflecting.] [L. reflectere, reflexum; pref. re- re- + flectere to bend or turn. See Flexible, and cf. Reflex, v.] 1. To bend back; to give a backwa?d turn to; to throw back; especially, to cause to return after striking upon any surface; as, a mirror reflects rays of light; polished metals reflect heat. [1913 Webster] Let me mind the reader to reflect his eye on our quotations. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] Bodies close together reflect their own color. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To give back an image or likeness of; to mirror. [1913 Webster] Nature is the glass reflecting God, As by the sea reflected is the sun. --Young. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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