- 1 [with object] (Of a surface or body) throw back (heat, light, or sound) without absorbing it: when the sun’s rays hit the Earth a lot of the heat is reflected back into spaceMore example sentences
- The lightness or darkness of a color affects whether it can absorb or reflect heat and light.
- Reflectance, on the other hand, is determined by how much of the surface is reflecting the light.
- Venetian blinds, although not as effective as draperies, can be adjusted to let in some light and air while reflecting the sun's heat.
- 1.1(Of a mirror or shiny surface) show an image of: he could see himself reflected in Keith’s mirrored glassesMore example sentences
- The oval mirror reflects me sitting on the bed, framed by the intricate lace of the curtains.
- There are so many of me because the mirrors are reflecting both the original me and the reflections of me, if that makes sense.
- From its opening shot of a wing mirror reflecting New York taxis shimmering in the night, the film has many moments of visual artistry.
- 1.2Embody or represent (something) in a faithful or appropriate way: schools should reflect cultural differencesMore example sentences
- Lydia was a lady now and would have to wear the appropriate clothing to reflect her new status.
- An amount could, therefore, be agreed at the outset to reflect the appropriate rate for the period.
- Fortunately, today's Radio 1 is a much more diverse place, better reflecting the cultural choices available in the UK.
- 1.3(Of an action or situation) bring (credit or discredit) to the relevant parties: the main contract is progressing well, which reflects great credit on those involvedMore example sentences
- Chapman reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
- It is a sorry tale which reflects no credit on either party.
- Leeds did manage to stage a late rally, which reflected huge credit on their fighting qualities.
- 1.4 [no object] (reflect well/badly on) Bring about a good or bad impression of: the incident reflects badly on the operating practices of the airlinesMore example sentences
- He said: ‘The successful conclusion of this ambitious project reflects well on all concerned.’
- This is a story that reflects well on all involved - we extend our sincere congratulations.
- That their constitution has been interpreted to ban public displays of anything Christian is clearly a vast perversion of their intent and thus reflects badly on most of the modern courts that have claimed to interpret it.
- 2 [no object] (usually reflect on/upon) Think deeply or carefully about: he reflected with sadness on the unhappiness of his marriage [with clause]: Charles reflected that maybe there was hope for the family after allMore example sentences
think about, give thought to, consider, give consideration to, review, mull over, contemplate, study, cogitate about/on, meditate on, muse on, deliberate about/on, ruminate about/on/over, dwell on, brood on/over, agonize over, worry about, chew over, puzzle over, speculate about, weigh up, revolve, turn over in one's mind, be in a brown study• informal put on one's thinking cap• archaic pore on• rare cerebrate
- Anyone who carefully reflects on the merit of this legislation will see that it is hugely flawed.
- That is a serious matter that I think this House should reflect on very carefully.
- Maybe she will then reflect on that further, as we go through the legislation.
late Middle English: from Old French reflecter or Latin reflectere, from re- 'back' + flectere 'to bend'.