reflect on

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reflect on (third-person singular simple present reflects on, present participle reflecting on, simple past and past participle reflected on)

  1. (transitive) To think carefully about (something), and give it due consideration.
  2. (transitive, computing) To access details of (a data type, etc.) at run-time using reflection.
    • 1999, Sheng Liang, The Java Native Interface
      It is sometimes useful to be able to reflect on class or interface types in native code as well.
    • 2001, Jørgen Lindskov Knudsen, ECOOP 2001 - Object-oriented Programming: 15th European Conference
      Load-time MOPs reflect on the bytecode and make use of a modified class loader.
    • 2005, Eric Gunnerson, Nick Wienholt, Anders Hejlsberg, A Programmer's Introduction to C# 2.0
      To define attribute classes and reflect on them at runtime, you have to consider a few more issues.
  3. To give an impression of (used with an adverb).
    The recent spate of vandalism by pupils does not reflect well on the school.

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