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reflection

noun uk   /rɪˈflek.ʃən/ us  

reflection noun (IMAGE)

B2 [C or U] the image of something in a mirror or on any reflective surface: In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. He put silver foil around the fire to increase heat reflection.

reflection noun (SIGN)

C1 [C usually singular] a sign or result of something: The fact that soldiers are on the streets is a reflection of how terrified the government is.

reflection noun (THOUGHT)

C2 [C or U] formal serious and careful thought: On reflection (= after considering it), I decided I had been wrong. After 30 years as a judge, her reflections on/about justice were well worth listening to.
a reflection on sb/sth something that makes other people have a particular opinion about someone or something, especially a bad opinion: Low test scores are a sad reflection on our school system.
(Definition of reflection from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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