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BNC: 885 COCA: 1004


reflect /rɪˈflɛkt/ verb
reflects; reflected; reflecting
reflects; reflected; reflecting
Learner's definition of REFLECT
[no object] of light, sound, etc. : to move in one direction, hit a surface, and then quickly move in a different and usually opposite direction(光、声等)反射usually + off
[+ object]
◊ When a surface reflects light, sound, or heat, it causes the light, sound, or heat that hits it to move or bounce away in a different direction.(某表面)反射(光、声、热等)
[+ object] : to show the image of (something) on a surface照出;映出
[+ object] : to show (something) : to make (something) known反映;显示
[no object]
: to cause people to think of someone or something in a specified way引起(某种)看法;带来影响+ on or upon
: to cause people to disapprove of someone or something造成负面影响;招来非议+ on or upon
[no object] : to think carefully about something认真思考;仔细考虑
often + on or upon
[+ object] : to think or say (something) after careful thought深思后认为;深思后说
BNC: 885 COCA: 1004



re·​flect ri-ˈflekt How to pronounce reflect (audio)
reflected; reflecting; reflects

transitive verb

: to prevent passage of and cause to change direction
a mirror reflects light
: to give back or exhibit as an image, likeness, or outline : mirror
the clouds were reflected in the water
: to bring or cast as a result
his attitude reflects little credit on his judgment
: to make manifest or apparent : show
the painting reflects his artistic vision
the pulse reflects the condition of the heart
: to bend or fold back
archaic : to turn into or away from a course : deflect

intransitive verb

: to throw back light or sound
: to think quietly and calmly
: to express a thought or opinion resulting from reflection
: to tend to bring reproach or discredit
an investigation that reflects on all the members of the department
: to bring about a specified appearance or characterization
an act which reflects well on her
: to have a bearing or influence


Choose the Right Synonym for reflect

think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference.

think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions.

teaches students how to think

cogitate implies deep or intent thinking.

cogitated on the mysteries of nature

reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind.

reflecting on fifty years of married life

reason stresses consecutive logical thinking.

able to reason brilliantly in debate

speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic.

speculated on the fate of the lost explorers

deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision.

the jury deliberated for five hours

Example Sentences

The old church is reflected in the glass exterior of the skyscraper. Her book clearly reflects her beliefs. Where you learned a language is reflected in your accent.
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Word History


Middle English, from Latin reflectere to bend back, from re- + flectere to bend

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 7

Time Traveler
The first known use of reflect was in the 15th century
BNC: 885 COCA: 1004


1send back light/heat/sound反射光、熱、聲ADVERB | PREPOSITION ADVERBdimly, dully模糊地/朦朧地反射The sun reflected dully off the stone walls.石牆上反射出朦朧的日光。In Milton's poem, Satan, even after his fall, dimly reflects his former glory.在彌爾頓的詩中,撒旦即便失敗後也能依稀顯出昔日的榮光。directly直接反射Light reflects directly off a face of a crystal.光照到水晶表面就直接形成反射。back反射回來PREPOSITIONfrom反射來自⋯The screen reflects light from the sun.屏幕反射太陽光。off由⋯反射出


2show/express sth表示ADVERB | VERB + REFLECT | PREPOSITION ADVERBclearly清楚地反映directly直接反映accurately, closely, correctly, faithfully, well精確地反映;正確地顯示;如實地反映Does this opinion poll accurately reflect the public mood?這次民意測驗會如實反映出公眾的心態嗎?adequately充分反映The punishment should adequately reflect the revulsion felt by most people for this appalling crime.量刑應充分反映出大多數人對這一駭人聽聞的罪行的深惡痛絕。merely, simply僅反映;只顯示This year's budget simply reflects the fact that we have fewer people out of work.本年度的預算僅僅反映出失業人口有所減少。not necessarily不一定反映The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of the editor.文章中反映出的觀點不一定是編者的觀點。badly, poorly招致非議;帶來恥辱This kind of conduct reflects very poorly on you.這種行為會讓你很丟臉。negatively帶來負面影響information that may reflect negatively on research participants可能給參與研究者的聲譽帶來負面影響的信息strongly明顯反映Senegalese culture strongly reflects influences from Islamic rulers.塞內加爾文化明顯反映出受穆斯林統治者的影響。VERB + REFLECTbe designed to旨在反映The exhibition is designed to reflect the diversity of the nation and its regions.這次展覽旨在反映這個國家民族和地域的多樣性。PREPOSITIONin通過⋯反映The condition of the house is reflected in its low price.這所房子的狀況從其低廉的價格可見一斑。


3think deeply沉思ADVERB | VERB + REFLECT | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADVERBbitterly, ruefully, wryly怨恨地想着;沮喪地思索;嘲諷地思考He reflected ruefully that his money didn't buy as much as it used to.他懊惱地想着自己的錢已經貶值。One good thing, he reflected wryly, was that none of his colleagues would find out.他不無自嘲地想,這樣倒是沒有同事會發覺了。critically批判性地思索an opportune time to reflect critically on the city's past批判地審視該市歷史的契機VERB + REFLECTpause to停下來考慮leave sb to讓某人深思He was left to reflect on the implications of his decision.他被留下來思考他的這一決定會有什麼後果。PREPOSITIONon, upon反省;考慮She paused to reflect on what she had achieved.她停下來,回想自己所取得的成績。PHRASEStime to reflect考慮的時間I need time to reflect.我需要時間來考慮。
BNC: 885 COCA: 1004
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0_0: Translations of Reflect
  • # v.
    反映: make known, mirror, reflect, report
    歸咎: blame, declare to be at fault, impeach, reflect
    輝映: reflect, shine
    鑒: inspect, reflect, view, warn
    思考: ponder, reflect, reflect on, think
    體現: embody, give an expression, incarnate, reflect, be reflected in
    意: advise, advocate, anticipate, assume, await, believe
    熒: flicker, gleam, glisten, reflect, shimmer, shine
    映: mirror, reflect, shine
    照: illuminate, photo, photograph, take a photograph, reflect, shine

0_0: Definitions of Reflect
  • # verb.
    - (of a surface or body) throw back (heat, light, or sound) without absorbing it.
    * when the sun's rays hit the Earth a lot of the heat is reflected back into space
    - think deeply or carefully about.
    * he reflected with sadness on the unhappiness of his marriage
    - (of an action or situation) bring credit or discredit to the relevant parties.
    * the incident reflects badly on the operating practices of the airlines

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