To bend back; to give a backwa&?;d turn to; to throw back; especially, to cause to return after striking upon any surface; as, a mirror reflects rays of light; polished metals reflect heat.
- To throw or bend back (light, for example) from a surface. See Synonyms at echo.
- To give back or show an image of (an object); mirror.
- To make apparent; express or manifest: Her work reflects intelligence.
- To bring as a consequence: The victory reflects credit on the coach.
- Archaic To bend back.
- To be bent or thrown back: Her voice reflected off the canyon walls.
- To give something back, as light or sound: a shiny surface that reflects well.
- To give evidence of the characteristics or qualities of someone or something: That student's performance reflects well on the whole school.
- To bring blame or discredit: Hasty preparation of the report will reflect on you.
- To think seriously. See Synonyms at think.
- To express carefully considered thoughts: In the essay, he reflects on his career.