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REFLECT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reflect mean? 

REFLECT (verb)
  The verb REFLECT has 6 senses:

1. manifest or bring back
2. to throw or bend back or reflect (from a surface)
3. reflect deeply on a subject
4. be bright by reflecting or casting light
5. give evidence of a certain behavior
6. give evidence of the quality of

  Familiarity information: REFLECT used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


REFLECT (verb)


Sense 1reflect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Manifest or bring back

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

This action reflects his true beliefs

Hypernyms (to "reflect" is one way to...):

indicate; point; show (indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reflect"):

redound (be deflected)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2reflect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To throw or bend back or reflect (from a surface)

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

reflect; reverberate

Context examples:

A mirror in the sun can reflect light into a person's eyes / Sound is reflected well in this auditorium

Domain category:

acoustics (the study of the physical properties of sound)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reflect"):

reverberate (be reflected as heat, sound, or light or shock waves)

mirror (reflect as if in a mirror)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3reflect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reflect deeply on a subject

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

chew over; think over; meditate; mull; mull over; muse; ponder; ruminate; excogitate; reflect; speculate; contemplate

Context examples:

I mulled over the events of the afternoon / philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years / The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate

Hypernyms (to "reflect" is one way to...):

cerebrate; cogitate; think (use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reflect"):

premeditate (think or reflect beforehand or in advance)

theologise; theologize (make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects)

introspect (reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings)

bethink (consider or ponder something carefully)

cogitate (consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind)

question; wonder (place in doubt or express doubtful speculation)

puzzle (be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide)

consider; study (give careful consideration to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4reflect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be bright by reflecting or casting light

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

shine; reflect

Context example:

Drive carefully--the wet road reflects

Hypernyms (to "reflect" is one way to...):

emit; give off; give out (give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reflect"):

resplend (be resplendent or radiant; to shine brightly)

glare (be sharply reflected)

opalesce (reflect light or colors like an opal)

luminesce (be or become luminescent; exhibit luminescence)

coruscate; scintillate; sparkle (reflect brightly)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 5reflect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give evidence of a certain behavior

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him

Hypernyms (to "reflect" is one way to...):

attest; certify; demonstrate; evidence; manifest (provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 6reflect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give evidence of the quality of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student

Hypernyms (to "reflect" is one way to...):

attest; certify; demonstrate; evidence; manifest (provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reflect"):

mirror (reflect or resemble)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


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