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reflect
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1  —as in:
reflect in the mirror
Definition show an image back (on a mirror or other shiny surface)
  • She saw her face reflected in his sunglasses.
reflected = shown back
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The pond reflected her image.
  • reflected = showed back
  • Why is the writing on my t-shirt backwards when its reflected in a mirror?
  • reflected = shown back
  • Slowly his eyes opened, and he looked at the sky reflecting in the water.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • reflecting = showing back an image (as on a mirror or shiny surface)
  • She didn't want to see herself reflected in his dark glasses.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • reflected = shown back
  • Harry could see himself reflected in those misty eyes.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • reflected = shown back
  • I startle when I catch someone staring at me from only a few inches away and then realize it's my own face reflecting back in the glass.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • reflecting = showing back
  • And the people listened, and their quiet eyes reflected the dying fire.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • reflected = showed
  • He stood up and scrutinized himself anxiously in the glass. The face reflected there was of a slightly military cast with a moustache.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • reflected = shown (back)
  • Harry sat up and examined the jagged piece on which he had cut himself, seeing nothing but his own bright green eye reflected back at him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
reflected = shown (back)

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2  —as in:
reflect American Values
Definition represent, demonstrate, or express
  • Which choice best reflects the overall sequence of events in the passage?
reflects = expresses
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The author used gloomy weather to help reflect a depressing situation.
  • reflect = express
  • The restaurant's success reflects desire in the community to eat healthy food.
  • reflects = demonstrates
  • Her premature death reflects a broken health care system.
  • reflects = demonstrates or represents
  • We want the members of our police force to reflect the diversity of our community.
  • reflect = represent
  • Those skinny models don't reflect the customers who purchase our clothing.
  • reflect = represent
  • Harry looked at Ron and Hermione; their expressions reflected the mingled shock and gratitude he felt.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • reflected = expressed
  • As you know, it's customary to reflect the flavor of the district. For the opening ceremonies, you're supposed to wear something that suggests your district's principal industry.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • reflect = represent, demonstrate, or express
  • Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty. When Jem and I asked him why he was so old, he said he got started late, which we felt reflected upon his abilities and manliness.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • reflected = showed or demonstrated
  • Harry looked up and saw his own shock reflected in Ron's and Hermione's faces.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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3  —as in:
I want to reflect on it.
Definition think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
  • At the beginning of this passage, the author reflects on her life as a waitress.
reflects = thinks carefully
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • As I reflect on my life, I realize that it's relationships that matter most.
  • reflect = think carefully
  • I need more time to reflect.
  • reflect = think carefully
  • I've led a hectic life, but when I retire I want to slow down, reflect, and possibly write a book with some of my reflections.
  • reflect = think carefully
  • I paused some time to reflect on all he had related and the various arguments which he had employed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • reflect = think carefully
  • For the purposes of everyday life it was no doubt necessary, or sometimes necessary, to reflect before speaking, but a Party member called upon to make a political or ethical judgement should be able to spray forth the correct opinions as automatically as a machine gun spraying forth bullets.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • reflect = think carefully
  • She stood by the back door reflecting on these gloomy possibilities, her eyes fixed on the water-butt.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • reflecting = thinking carefully
  • Constance Culmington, he reflected to himself, was exactly the sort of woman who would buy an island and surround herself with mystery!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • reflected = thought
  • I was wearing my pink Sunday dress, shoes, and a petticoat, and reflected that if I spilled anything Calpurnia would have to wash my dress again for tomorrow.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • reflected = thought
  • She reflected several seconds, making her calculations and wondering also what sum she could ask without drawing on herself an immediate refusal and a frightened exclamation from the economical clerk.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
reflected = thought carefully

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4  —as in:
reflect poorly on the school
Definition influence opinion
  • The failing test scores would reflect poorly on the school.
reflect = influence opinion
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The inaccurate report reflected poorly on the newspaper.
  • reflected = influenced opinion as specified
  • Winning the national championship would reflect positively on the whole school.
  • reflect = influence opinion
  • Funny, in the arena, when I poured out those berries, I was only thinking of outsmarting the Gamemakers, not how my actions would reflect on the Capitol.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
reflect = influence opinion about

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5  —as in:
reflect the light/heat/sound
Definition bounce back (rather than absorbing)
  • We're replacing all the warning signs with signs that reflect headlights in the dark.
reflect = bounce back light from
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The stop signs in this neighborhood reflect light, so you won't miss them even if there isn't a nearby street light.
  • reflect = bounce back
  • Reflective highway signs save lives.
  • reflective = having the characteristic of bouncing back light
  • I wear a reflective jacket when I bicycle at night.
  • reflective = having the characteristic of bouncing back light
  • We get an echo when the sound reflects off of the canyon walls.
  • reflects = bounces back
  • The glowing embers cast faint shadows into the surrounding night, and under the trees, a large set of eyes reflected the light, staring patiently out of the darkness.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • reflected = shined back
  • Eventually, I give in and slide into the sleeping bag with Peeta. It's toasty warm and I snuggle down gratefully until I realize it's more than warm, it's overly hot because the bag is reflecting back his fever.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • reflecting = bouncing back (rather than the heat leaving the bag, it stays within it)
  • The glass building above the Pit reflects sunlight into my eyes.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • reflects = shines (bounces back)
  • Two red chickens on the ground flamed with reflected light.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • He was a thin leathery man with colorless eyes, so colorless they did not reflect light.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
reflect = shine (bounce back)

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