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"reflect" in British English

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reflectverb

uk   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/​shopwindow. 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 ​spendinghabits.

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  • reflect verb (THINK)

B2 [I] formal to ​thinkcarefully, ​especially about ​possibilities and ​opinions: The ​managerdemandedtime to reflect (on what to do). [+ that] She reflected that this was ​probably the last ​time she would ​see him.

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(Definition of reflect from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reflect" in American English

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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 ​heatrather 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 ​blankface reflected his ​boredom.
  • reflect verb (THINK)

[I] to ​thinkcarefully: She ​felt she ​neededtime to reflect on what to do next.
reflector
noun [C]  us   /rɪˈflek·tər/
His new ​lightingsystem uses ​lamps and reflectors.
(Definition of reflect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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