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reflect (v.)

late 14c., reflecten, "turn or bend (something) back, reverse;" early 15c., "to divert, to turn (something) aside, deflect," from Old French reflecter (14c.), from Latin reflectere "to bend back, bend backwards, turn away," from re- "back" (see re-) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Of mirrors or other bodies or surfaces, "to shine back light rays or images," early 15c., later also of heat or sound. The meaning "to turn one's thoughts back on, resolve matters in the mind" is from c. 1600. Related: Reflected; reflecting.

Middle English also had a separate verb reflexen "refract (light); deflect" (early 15c.), directly from Latin reflexus, past participle of reflectere.

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Definitions of reflect from WordNet

reflect (v.)
manifest or bring back;
This action reflects his true beliefs
reflect (v.)
reflect deeply on a subject;
Synonyms: chew over / think over / meditate / ponder / excogitate / contemplate / muse / mull / mull over / ruminate / speculate
reflect (v.)
to throw or bend back (from a surface);
Sound is reflected well in this auditorium
Synonyms: reverberate
reflect (v.)
be bright by reflecting or casting light;
Drive carefully--the wet road reflects
Synonyms: shine
reflect (v.)
show an image of;
her sunglasses reflected his image
reflect (v.)
give evidence of a certain behavior;
His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him
reflect (v.)
give evidence of the quality of;
The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student
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