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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.
See also: on, reflect

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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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.
He should reflect upon his affairs, his final abode, and what is awaiting him, as regards his departure to Allah The Almighty.
SIR - A memorial should be a permanent reminder to help future generations reflect upon the sacrifices of the past.
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.
I see in this holy time a perfect occasion to reflect upon where we become amid the political tension that derailed the mechanisms of national work as determined by the Constitution and that drastically paralyzed national economy, not to mention the security jeopardy," Salam said in an address to the nation upon the occasion of Adha Day.
Now and then we all take time to reflect upon where we are and where we began, whether on a personal basis, or as a business.
Pope Benedict XVI has given Catholics worldwide an entire year to reflect upon our Catholic faith.
Within this context, Palmer discussed spiritual gifts leaders give themselves as they reflect upon these shadows.
Acas gave both parties time to reflect upon its initiative and met with the airline and the union on Tuesday but reported that the two parties remain deadlocked.
Veterans are asked to share their experiences and teach short lessons about the history and significance of Veterans Day, helping students reflect upon the ideals of liberty, freedom, and democracy.
The book serves as a guide for an interactive approach in which students can reflect upon what they see in each of the works.
Adult educators must reflect upon culture's influence on learning and recognize the implications of universality myths on students' learning in mathematics classes.
May 18, 2007 marks the 10th annual HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, an opportunity to reflect upon the more than two decades of progress worldwide in the search for a safe and effective HIV vaccine.
He said: "Whoever left this beside the railway line need to seriously reflect upon their actions.
Patrick Clary draws upon his more than twenty years of professional and personal experienced as a hospice physician in his poetry to reflect upon the issues of death and dying.