in·​flect | \ in-ˈflekt \
inflected; inflecting; inflects

Definition of inflect

transitive verb

1 : to turn from a direct line or course : curve
2 : to vary (a word) by inflection : decline, conjugate
3 : to change or vary the pitch of inflect one's voice
4 : to affect or alter noticeably : influence an approach inflected by feminism

intransitive verb

: to become modified by inflection

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Other Words from inflect

inflectable \ in-​ˈflek-​tə-​bəl \ adjective
inflective \ in-​ˈflek-​tiv \ adjective

Examples of inflect in a Sentence

Most nouns in English are inflected for plural use by adding “-s” or “-es.” Most nouns in English inflect for plural use by adding “-s” or “-es.” Most adjectives in English do not inflect for gender or number.
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Babel BudapestExceptional innovative cuisine inflected with Hungarian flavors in an urbane room, right in the heart of downtown Pest. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Budapest," 29 Aug. 2018 Japanese flavors and ingredients inflect many of her dishes, as with the baked carrots with hazelnut and Nikka Black whiskey foam. Condé Nast Traveler, "24 Best Restaurants in Paris," 4 Mar. 2018 Second, given the cars’ overlapping cost-attribute matrices, know that the choice is almost entirely inflected by marketing, your perceptions of these two charismatic brands. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 BMW X2: Like a Mini Cooper, but Better," 21 June 2018 On Scales's new EP, Sinner-Songwriter, he's embraced a more soul-inflected sound, swirling with bluesy alt-rock riffs. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "One-man soul factory Phillip-Michael Scales celebrates the new Sinner-Songwriter," 19 June 2018 At a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April, South Korean viewers were reportedly surprised by Kim’s Swiss-inflected accent. Eli Meixler, Time, "What Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump Said to Each Other When They First Met," 13 June 2018 But how such voters choose to define their identity-group’s policy goals is highly malleable; as is the degree to which their social identities are inflected by class consciousness. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Ocasio-Cortez Proved That ‘Identity Politics’ Is an Asset For Berniecrats," 27 June 2018 Finish the day with a Middle East-inflected supper at the mod diner Olio in a converted gas station, and a cocktail on the patio of retro cocktail joint the Planter’s House. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 15 June 2018 Gallagher’s Best, intended as a pale ale malt, produces an audaciously juicy IPA from Pizza Port, inflected with a distinct cannabis flavor ($7/16 oz), but also the nuttier, fruitier Nimitz IPA from Sante Adairius ($11/13 oz). Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Rake is a temple to beer’s most important ingredient: malt," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of inflect

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for inflect

Middle English, from Latin inflectere, from in- + flectere to bend

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English Language Learners Definition of inflect

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


in·​flect | \ in-ˈflekt \
inflected; inflecting

Kids Definition of inflect

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

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