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reflectverb

uk   /rɪˈflekt/  us   /rɪˈflekt/
  • reflect verb (RETURN)

B2 [I or T] If a surface reflects light, heat, sound, or an image, it sends the light, etc. back and does not absorb it: He saw himself reflected in the water/mirror/shop window. The light reflected off the surface of the water.

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  • reflect verb (SHOW)

B2 [T] to show, express, or be a sign of something: The statistics reflect a change in people's spending habits.

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reflectverb

 us   /rɪˈflekt/
  • reflect verb (SEND BACK)

physics [I/T] to send back light, heat, energy, or sound from a surface: [T] Light-colored clothing reflects the sun’s heat rather than absorbing it. [I] Moonlight reflected off the surface of the lake.
  • reflect verb (SHOW)

[T] to show, express, or be a sign of something: His blank face reflected his boredom.
  • reflect verb (THINK)

[I] to think carefully: She felt she needed time to reflect on what to do next.
reflector
noun [C]  us   /rɪˈflek·tər/
His new lighting system uses lamps and reflectors.
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