verb in·flect \in-ˈflekt\

grammar : to change the form of a word when using it in a particular way

Full Definition of INFLECT

transitive verb
:  to turn from a direct line or course :  curve
:  to vary (a word) by inflection :  decline, conjugate
:  to change or vary the pitch of (as the voice)
:  to affect or alter noticeably :  influence <an approach inflected by feminism>
intransitive verb
:  to become modified by inflection
in·flect·able \-ˈflek-tə-bəl\ adjective
in·flec·tive \-ˈflek-tiv\ adjective

Examples of INFLECT

  1. Most nouns in English are inflected for plural use by adding -s or -es.
  2. Most nouns in English inflect for plural use by adding -s or -es.
  3. Most adjectives in English do not inflect for gender or number.

Origin of INFLECT

Middle English, from Latin inflectere, from in- + flectere to bend
First Known Use: 15th century
INFLECTABLE Defined for Kids


verb in·flect \in-ˈflekt\

Definition of INFLECT for Kids

:  to change a word by inflection
:  to change the pitch of the voice


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