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reflect verb

1 send back light/heat/sound

ADV. dimly, dully The sun reflected dully off the stone walls. (figurative) In Milton's poem, Satan, even after his fall, dimly reflects his former glory. | back

PREP. from The screen reflects light from the sun. | off

2 show/express sth

ADV. clearly | directly | accurately, closely, correctly, faithfully, well Does this opinion poll accurately reflect the public mood? | adequately The punishment should adequately reflect the revulsion felt by most people for this appalling crime. | merely, simply This year's budget simply reflects the fact that we have fewer people out of work. | not necessarily The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of the editor.

VERB + REFLECT be designed to The exhibition is designed to reflect the diversity of the nation and its regions.

PREP. in The condition of the house is reflected in its low price.

3 think deeply

ADV. bitterly, gloomily, ruefully, wryly reflecting ruefully that the great American dollar didn't buy as much as it used to

VERB + REFLECT pause to | leave sb to He was left to reflect on the implications of his decision.

PREP. on/upon She paused to reflect on what she had achieved.

PHRASES time to reflect I need time to reflect.