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reflect    : [rəfl'ɛkt] [rɪfl'ɛkt]
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.
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Let me mind the reader to reflect his eye on our
quotations. --Fuller.
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Bodies close together reflect their own color.
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2. To give back an image or likeness of; to mirror.
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Nature is the glass reflecting God,
As by the sea reflected is the sun. --Young.
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Reflect \Re*flect"\ v. i.
1. To throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or
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2. To be sent back; to rebound as from a surface; to revert;
to return.
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Whose virtues will, I hope,
Reflect on Rome, as Titan's rays on earth. --Shak.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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As I much reflected, much I mourned. --Prior.
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4. To cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor.
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Errors of wives reflect on husbands still. --Dryden.
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Neither do I reflect in the least upon the memory of
his late majesty. --Swift.
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Syn: To consider; think; cogitate; mediate; contemplate;
ponder; muse; ruminate.
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v 1: manifest or bring back; "This action reflects his true
2: reflect deeply on a subject; "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" [synonym: {chew over}, {think
over}, {meditate}, {ponder}, {excogitate}, {contemplate},
{muse}, {reflect}, {mull}, {mull over}, {ruminate},
3: to throw or bend back (from a surface); "Sound is reflected
well in this auditorium" [synonym: {reflect}, {reverberate}]
4: be bright by reflecting or casting light; "Drive carefully--
the wet road reflects" [synonym: {reflect}, {shine}]
5: show an image of; "her sunglasses reflected his image"
6: give evidence of a certain behavior; "His lack of interest in
the project reflects badly on him"
7: give evidence of the quality of; "The mess in his dorm room
reflects on the student"

181 Moby Thesaurus words for "reflect":
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

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