flex

verb
\ ˈfleks How to pronounce flex (audio) \
flexed; flexing; flexes

Definition of flex

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to bend especially repeatedly
2a : to move muscles so as to cause flexion of (a joint)
b : to move or tense (a muscle) by contraction
3 : use, demonstrate flexing her skills as a singer
flex one's muscles
: to demonstrate one's strength an exaggerated need to flex his political muscles— J. P. Lash

Definition of flex (Entry 2 of 3)

chiefly British
: an electric cord

Definition of flex (Entry 3 of 3)

: an act or instance of flexing

Examples of flex in a Sentence

Verb He flexed the muscles of his right arm. a material that flexes easily

First Known Use of flex

Verb

circa 1521, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1905, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flex

Verb

borrowed from Latin flexus, past participle of flectere "to cause to go in a different direction, bend, curve," of uncertain origin

Noun (1)

short for flexible cord

Noun (2)

derivative of flex entry 1

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Time Traveler for flex

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The first known use of flex was circa 1521

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Cite this Entry

“Flex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flex. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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flex

verb
How to pronounce flex (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of flex

: to bend (a body part)
: to move or tighten (a muscle)

flex

verb
\ ˈfleks How to pronounce flex (audio) \
flexed; flexing

Kids Definition of flex

1 : to bend especially again and again Can you flex your fingers?
2 : to move or tense (a muscle)
\ ˈfleks How to pronounce flex (audio) \

Medical Definition of flex

1 : to bend especially repeatedly
2a : to move muscles so as to cause flexion of (a joint) stretching and flexing his knees
b : to move or tense (a muscle or muscles) by contraction flexed their biceps

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