💡Time for [Word-ology] again, a column making English learning easier!💡
Before today’s learning, let’s check the answers to the last episode.
Definition: to persuade sb to do sth that they would not usually agree to do by making it seem very attractive
Definition: something that is given to sb to persuade them to do sth
Today, we are going to learn a new etymon ”flect’‘ with the word ”reflect”. The etymon ”flect” means ”bend” and it is used in many words.
The word consists of two etyma, the first “re” means “back” and the second one “flect” means “bend“. Another form of this etymon is “flex“, as in the word “flexible“. Therefore, the meaning of the word “reflect“ is “bend back”, for example, the light can be reflected (bend back) from the surface of sth such as a mirror, water, or glass, and that’s how we can see the image of ourselves in the mirror. Besides, our attitude or feeling can also be reflected in an abstract way, and “reflect” here simply means “to show”.
His face was reflected in the mirror.
The windows reflected the sunlight.
This article reflects the views of the writer.
The definition for “reflect“ in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “to cause to change direction and to give back as an image“.
Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words!
inflexible=in-[not]+flex-[bend]+ible-[adj, be able to]
He is stubborn and inflexible.
He raised his arm to try to deflect the punch.
All attempts to deflect attention from his private life have failed.
That’s all for [Word-ology] today!
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