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inflect

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verb in·flect \in-ˈflekt\

Simple Definition of inflect

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

Full Definition of inflect

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to turn from a direct line or course :  curve

  3. 2 :  to vary (a word) by inflection :  decline, conjugate

  4. 3 :  to change or vary the pitch of (as the voice)

  5. 4 :  to affect or alter noticeably :  influence <an approach inflected by feminism>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become modified by inflection

in·flect·able play \-ˈflek-tə-bəl\ adjective
in·flec·tive play \-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


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