Meaning of REFLECTION in English

re ‧ flec ‧ tion W3 /rɪˈflekʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ reflection , ↑ reflector ; verb : ↑ reflect ; adjective : ↑ reflective ]

1 . [countable] an image that you can see in a mirror, glass, or water:

Can you see your reflection in the glass?

2 . [uncountable and countable] careful thought, or an idea or opinion based on this:

A moment’s reflection will show the stupidity of this argument.

on/upon reflection

At first I disagreed, but on reflection (=after thinking carefully about it) , I realized she was right.

3 . [countable] something that shows what something else is like, or that is a sign of a particular situation

reflection of

His speech was an accurate reflection of the public mood.

be a reflection on somebody/something (=show how good or bad someone or something is)

On some level, a student’s grades are a reflection on the teacher.

4 . [uncountable] the action or process of light, heat, or sound being thrown back from a surface

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 3)

■ adjectives

▪ an accurate/true reflection

These reports were not an accurate reflection of existing attitudes.

▪ a fair reflection (=reasonable and right)

The score was 4 – 1, which was a fair reflection of the difference between the sides.

▪ a direct reflection

The child’s behaviour is a direct reflection of its parents' behaviour.

▪ a sad reflection

This situation is a sad reflection on society.

▪ a pale reflection (=similar to, but not as good as, something else)

The film is only a pale reflection of the book.

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