reflection

noun
1 image in a mirror, etc.
ADJECTIVE
clear
dim, faint
blurred, distorted
VERB + REFLECTION
catch, catch a glimpse of, catch sight of, glimpse, see

I caught his reflection in the window.

He caught sight of her reflection in the window.

glance at, look at
gaze at, stare at, watch
admire, examine, inspect, study

She caught him admiring his reflection in the mirror.

show

The mirror showed her reflection.

REFLECTION + VERB
look … 

Her reflection in the mirror looked distorted.

appear

Kyle's reflection appears in the glass.

stare (back)

My reflection stared back at me.

PREPOSITION
in a/the reflection

In the reflection on the glass door he could see the class behind him.

reflection in

I saw my reflection in the polished marble.

reflection on

the reflection of the mountains on the calm waters of the lake

2 sending light/heat/sound back from a surface
ADJECTIVE
heat, light, sound
PREPOSITION
reflection from

There is reflection of heat from the metal surface.

PHRASES
the angle of reflection
3 indication/description of sth
ADJECTIVE
accurate, fair, good, perfect, true
inadequate
mere, pale

This account is only a pale reflection of the true state of affairs.

poor, sad

The movie is a poor reflection of Kerouac's work.

direct, simple

Young people's conduct is a direct reflection of adults'.

clear

This was a clear reflection of Marc's personality.

VERB + REFLECTION
give (sb), provide

Such studies do not give a true reflection of population needs.

PREPOSITION
reflection of, reflection on, reflection upon

His low level of performance is no reflection on his general ability.

4 careful thought about sth
ADJECTIVE
careful, deep, mature, profound, serious, sober
further
quiet
personal
thoughtful

Such decisions may be made after thoughtful reflection.

critical, ethical, moral, philosophical, spiritual, theological, theoretical
VERB + REFLECTION
encourage, invite, prompt, stimulate

Teachers should encourage reflection on the part of their students.

REFLECTION + VERB
show sb/sth

A moment's reflection will show you that that can't be true.

PREPOSITION
after reflection, on reflection, upon reflection

On further reflection, I'm not so sure it's a good idea.

reflection about, reflection on, reflection upon

The party needs a period of sober reflection about what went wrong.

PHRASES
a moment of reflection, a moment's reflection
a period of reflection
a period for reflection, time for reflection
5 written or spoken thoughts about sth
ADJECTIVE
interesting
poignant
brief
VERB + REFLECTION
have
offer

They took a few minutes to offer their personal reflections.

PREPOSITION
reflection about, reflection on, reflection upon

She has some interesting reflections about the spiritual state of the country.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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