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reflect -- as in: I want to reflect on it.
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as in: I want to reflect on it. Define
think carefully -- possibly aloud or in writing
  • At the beginning of this passage, the author reflects on her life as a waitress.
  • As I reflect on my life, I realize that it’s relationships that matter most.
  • I need more time to reflect.
  • 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.

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  • I paused some time to reflect on all he had related and the various arguments which he had employed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • She stood by the back door reflecting on these gloomy possibilities, her eyes fixed on the water-butt.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children

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  • I then reflected, and the thought made me shiver, that the creature whom I had left in my apartment might still be there, alive and walking about.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He was already dead, he reflected.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • When I surveyed the damage there were only seven or eight red marks, and I was reflecting upon relativity when someone knocked on the door.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But I paused when I reflected on the story that I had to tell.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I reflected that if Miss Maudie broke down and gave it to her, Miss Stephanie couldn’t follow it anyway.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The past, he reflected, had not merely been altered, it had been actually destroyed.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Mr. Justice Wargrave reflected on the subject of Constance Culmington.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grammes a week.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I wondered if Mr. Avery knew how hopefully we had watched last summer for him to repeat his performance, and reflected that if this was our reward, there was something to say for sin.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • That, he reflected, might almost have been a transcription from one of the Party textbooks.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Within twenty years at the most, he reflected, the huge and simple question, ’Was life better before the Revolution than it is now?’ would have ceased once and for all to be answerable.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • As to him, he reflected that he must be at the ministry at ten o’clock that morning.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • "When I reflect, my dear cousin," said she, "on the miserable death of Justine Moritz, I no longer see the world and its works as they before appeared to me."
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • When I reflected on his crimes and malice, my hatred and revenge burst all bounds of moderation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "Why do you call to my remembrance," I rejoined, "circumstances of which I shudder to reflect, that I have been the miserable origin and author?"
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • This passion is detrimental to me, for you do not reflect that YOU are the cause of its excess.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Lombard reflected a minute.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I remembered only, and it was with a bitter anguish that I reflected on it, to order that my chemical instruments should be packed to go with me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The frightening thing, he reflected for the ten thousandth time as he forced his shoulders painfully backward (with hands on hips, they were gyrating their bodies from the waist, an exercise that was supposed to be good for the back muscles) — the frightening thing was that it might all be true.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • But again when I reflected that they had spurned and deserted me, anger returned, a rage of anger, and unable to injure anything human, I turned my fury towards inanimate objects.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I reflected on this, and by touching the various branches, I discovered the cause and busied myself in collecting a great quantity of wood, that I might dry it and have a plentiful supply of fire.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Slie amused herself by reflecting on the means he might employ.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I do not know that the relation of my disasters will be useful to you; yet, when I reflect that you are pursuing the same course, exposing yourself to the same dangers which have rendered me what I am, I imagine that you may deduce an apt moral from my tale, one that may direct you if you succeed in your undertaking and console you in case of failure.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I hailed the darkness that shut Ireland from my sight, and my pulse beat with a feverish joy when I reflected that I should soon see Geneva.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I feel yet parched with horror, nor can I reflect on that terrible moment without shuddering and agony.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • My rage is unspeakable when I reflect that the murderer, whom I have turned loose upon society, still exists.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Yet it is terrible to reflect that the lives of all these men are endangered through me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He had still, he reflected, not learned the ultimate secret.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I was overcome by gloom and misery and often reflected I had better seek death than desire to remain in a world which to me was replete with wretchedness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • This idea plunged me into a reverie so despairing and frightful that even now, when the scene is on the point of closing before me forever, I shudder to reflect on it.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • When I reflected on the work I had completed, no less a one than the creation of a sensitive and rational animal, I could not rank myself with the herd of common projectors.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The idea of renewing my labours did not for one instant occur to me; the threat I had heard weighed on my thoughts, but I did not reflect that a voluntary act of mine could avert it.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I turned with loathing from the woman who could utter so unfeeling a speech to a person just saved, on the very edge of death; but I felt languid and unable to reflect on all that had passed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • As the memory of past misfortunes pressed upon me, I began to reflect on their cause—the monster whom I had created, the miserable daemon whom I had sent abroad into the world for my destruction.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • There were women weeping around; I hung over it and joined my sad tears to theirs; all this time no distinct idea presented itself to my mind, but my thoughts rambled to various subjects, reflecting confusedly on my misfortunes and their cause.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I saw an insurmountable barrier placed between me and my fellow men; this barrier was sealed with the blood of William and Justine, and to reflect on the events connected with those names filled my soul with anguish.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He did not see that the continuity of an oligarchy need not be physical, nor did he pause to reflect that hereditary aristocracies have always been shortlived, whereas adoptive organizations such as the Catholic Church have sometimes lasted for hundreds or thousands of years.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I passed an hour in this state of mind, when suddenly I reflected how fearful the combat which I momentarily expected would be to my wife, and I earnestly entreated her to retire, resolving not to join her until I had obtained some knowledge as to the situation of my enemy.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Yet, before I departed, there was a task to perform, on which I shuddered to reflect; I must pack up my chemical instruments, and for that purpose I must enter the room which had been the scene of my odious work, and I must handle those utensils the sight of which was sickening to me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
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as in: reflect in the mirror Define
show an image back (on a mirror or other shiny surface)
as in: reflect American Values Define
represent, demonstrate, or express
as in: I want to reflect on it. Define
think carefully -- possibly aloud or in writing
as in: reflect poorly on the school Define
influence opinion
as in: reflect the light/heat/sound Define
bounce back (rather than absorbing)
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