re·flect / riˈflekt/ • v. 1. [tr.] (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 | [as adj.] (reflected) his eyes gleamed in the reflected light. ∎ (of a mirror or shiny surface) show an image of: he could see himself reflected in Keith's mirrored glasses. ∎ embody or represent (something) in a faithful or appropriate way: stocks are priced at a level that reflects a company's prospects schools should reflect cultural differences. ∎ (of an action or situation) bring (credit or discredit) to the relevant parties: the main contract is progressing well, which reflects great credit on those involved. ∎ [intr.] (reflect well/badly on) bring about a good or bad impression of: the incident reflects badly on the operating practices of the airlines.2. [intr.] (reflect on/upon) think deeply or carefully about: he reflected with sadness on the unhappiness of his marriage | Charles reflected that maybe there was hope for the family after all. ∎ archaic make disparaging remarks about.