reflect (up)on (something)

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reflect (up)on (something)

1. Literally, to be displayed as a duplicate light or image on something. Technically, moonlight is just sunlight that bounces off the moon and is reflected on the Earth. Though his back was to me, I could see his worried face reflected on the small pool of water.
2. To consider or think back on something with close or careful attention. Stuck in bed with a broken leg, all I could do was reflect on the accident that put me there. After coming to terms with not getting the promotion, Janet reflected upon her boss's criticism and vowed to improve her work.
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reflect (back) (up)on someone or something

to remember or think about someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) When I reflect back on the years I spent with my parents, I think I had a good childhood. I like to reflect on my great-grandmother.
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reflect on

1. Consider or think carefully about, as in She reflected on her country's role in history. [c. 1600] A closely related phrase is on due reflection, meaning "after careful consideration." For example, On due reflection I decided to vote for the incumbent.
2. reflect on one. Give evidence of one's qualities, as in The hasty preparation of this report will reflect on you. [Second half of 1600s]
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reflect on

or reflect upon
v.
1. To think carefully about something: He sat in the garden and reflected on what he had just read.
2. To express carefully considered thoughts about something: In the essay, she reflects on her long career and offers advice for young writers.
3. To give evidence of the characteristics or qualities of someone or something: The student's performance reflects well on the whole school. Hasty preparation of the report will reflect badly on you.
4. To appear as a reflected image on some surface: The trees are reflecting on the water.
5. To cause something to appear as a reflected image on some surface: The window reflected wavy lines on the floor.
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The final episode also provides an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the recent ELEAGUE Gears 5 Invitational event and allows each of the six featured series pro players to reflect upon on their performance competing in the unreleased title.
I am a student in the UAE, studying CBSE curriculum, and I wonder what memories will I reflect upon of my vacation when I grow up?
He declined to elaborate on which aspects Tsai should reflect upon, other than making a case for party unity, wrote Liberty Times.
Summary: Pyongyang [North Korea], May 5 (ANI): Four months into the stalled denuclearisation talks between the United States and North Korea following the failed Hanoi summit, Pyongyang has once again urged Washington to reflect upon the "correct strategic choice" to resume talks before its patience wears down, state media reported.
He should reflect upon his affairs, his final abode, and what is awaiting him, as regards his departure to Allah The Almighty.
He questioned that whether this remained a practice in the past to award tickets to the party veterans adding that after recovering from his illness he would reflect upon all this in detail.
Even if the talks between the two prove to be successful, this will reflect upon the incompetence and failure of the state of Pakistan that has failed to do the same.
It aims to reflect upon the Siem Reap declaration that pledged to explore the synergies of the tourism and culture sectors to work in harmony for sustainable development.
According to artist Noor, art is a very good way to reflect upon the beauty of the creator's attributes and Ramadan is a good time to reflect upon the meaning behind each of the names of Allah, and what message there is for us.
Evocative and inspirational, At Peace Beneath the Shade of My Father's Tree uplifts the spirit, even its songs reflect upon life's darkest moments as well as its brightest.
A MEMORIAL should be a permanent reminder to help future generations reflect upon the sacrifices of the past in Afghanistan.
SIR - A memorial should be a permanent reminder to help future generations reflect upon the sacrifices of the past.
The panellists had been asked to speak about Bettina Bradbury's impact on their own scholarly work--research, supervision, or teaching; their presentations gave the people assembled in the room, many of them Bettina's colleagues and students, the opportunity to reflect upon her long and important career as a feminist family historian.
Also, Jaya should reflect upon the fact that satire has been a time honoured tradition in our democracy.
I WOULD like to wish the scumbags who pinched the bag of three T-shirts from the back of a disabled man's wheelchair at the Black Sabbath concert at the LG Arena a thought-provoking New Year, in which I hope you'll reflect upon your actions and have the decency to do a good turn for somebody else to make amends.