Meaning of “reflect” in the English Dictionary

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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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(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 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.

(Definition of “reflect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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