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Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Verb reflect has 7 senses


reflectv. t. [L. reflectere, reflexum; pref. re- re- + flectere to bend or turn. See Flexible, and cf. Reflex, v.].
  •  To bend back; to give a backwaas, a mirror reflects rays of light; polished metals reflect heat.  [1913 Webster]
    "Let me mind the reader to reflect his eye on our quotations."  [1913 Webster]
    "Bodies close together reflect their own color."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.
    "  [1913 Webster]
reflectv. i. 
  •  To throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or beams.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  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."  [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."  [1913 Webster]
    "As I much reflected, much I mourned."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor.  [1913 Webster]
    "Errors of wives reflect on husbands still."  [1913 Webster]
    "Neither do I reflect in the least upon the memory of his late majesty."  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- To consider; think; cogitate; mediate; contemplate; ponder; muse; ruminate.


reflect, v.
1 tr. a (of a surface or body) throw back (heat, light, sound, etc.). b cause to rebound (reflected light).
2 tr. (of a mirror) show an image of; reproduce to the eye or mind.
3 tr. correspond in appearance or effect to; have as a cause or source (their behaviour reflects a wish to succeed).
4 tr. a (of an action, result, etc.) show or bring (credit, discredit, etc.). b (absol.; usu. foll. by on, upon) bring discredit on.
5 a intr. (often foll. by on, upon) meditate on; think about. b tr. (foll. by that, how, etc. + clause) consider; remind oneself.
6 intr. (usu. foll. by upon, on) make disparaging remarks.

reflecting telescope = REFLECTOR.
ME f. OF reflecter or L reflectere (as RE-, flectere flex- bend)



act like, adumbrate, affect, allude to, arch, assume, attract, be abstracted, bend, bend back, blurt, blurt out, body forth, borrow, bounce back, bow, bring, bring back, bring to light, bring to mind, brood, brood over, call attention to, call back, call to mind, call up, cast, cerebrate, chew over, chew the cud, chorus, cogitate, comment, con over, conjure up, consider, contemplate, copy, counterfeit, crib, crook, curl, curve, debate, decurve, deflect, deliberate, deliberate over, deliberate upon, demonstrate, digest, disclose, display, ditto, do, do like, dome, echo, embody, embow, evaluate, evidence, evoke, examine, exclaim, exemplify, exhibit, expose, fake, figure, flex, foreshadow, forge, glass, go back, go back over, go like, hark back, hoke, hoke up, hook, hump, hunch, illustrate, image, imitate, impersonate, incarnate, incurvate, incurve, indicate, inflect, interject, introspect, lay bare, let drop, let fall, look back, loop, make like, make reference to, meditate, meditate upon, mention, mind, mirror, mull over, muse, muse on, muse over, note, observe, opine, perpend, personate, personify, plagiarize, play around with, play with, point to, ponder, ponder over, prefigure, pretypify, project, realize, reason, recall, recall to mind, recapture, recollect, recurve, reecho, reevoke, refer to, reflect over, reflex, remark, remember, repeat, reproduce, retrace, retroflex, retrospect, return, reveal, review, review in retrospect, revive, revolve, round, ruminate, ruminate over, run over, sag, see in retrospect, send back, shadow, shadow forth, show, simulate, speak, speculate, study, suggest, summon up, swag, sweep, think back, think of, think over, throw, throw back, toy with, turn, turn over, uncover, use hindsight, vault, weigh, wind




VB imitate, copy, mirror, reflect, reproduce, repeat, do like, echo, reecho, catch, transcribe, match, parallel, mock, take off, mimic, ape, simulate, impersonate, personate, act, represent, counterfeit, parody, travesty, caricature, lampoon, burlesque, follow in the steps of, tread in the steps, follow in the footsteps of, follow in the wake of, take pattern by, follow suit, follow the example of, walk in the shoes of, take a leaf out of another's book, strike in with, follow suit, take after, model after, emulate.


VB think, reflect, cogitate, excogitate, consider, deliberate, bestow thought upon, bestow consideration upon, speculate, contemplate, meditate, ponder, muse, dream, ruminate, brood over, con over, animadvert, study, bend the mind, apply the mind, digest, discuss, hammer at, weigh, perpend, realize, appreciate, fancy, trow, take into consideration, take counsel, commune with oneself, bethink oneself, collect one's thoughts, revolve in the mind, turn over in the mind, run over in the mind, chew the cud upon, sleep upon, take counsel of one's pillow, advise with one's pillow, rack one's brains, ransack one's brains, crack one's brains, beat one's brains, cudgel one's brains, set one's brain to work, set one's wits to work, harbor an idea, entertain an idea, cherish an idea, nurture an idea, take into one's head, bear in mind, reconsider, occur, present itself, suggest itself, come into one's head, get into one's head, strike one, flit across the view, come uppermost, run in one s head, enter the mind, pass in the mind, cross the mind, flash on the mind, flash across the mind, float in the mind, fasten itself on the mind, be uppermost in the mind, occupy the mind, have in one's mind, make an impression, sink into the mind, penetrate into the mind, engross the thoughts.

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