Definition of inflect
1 : to turn from a direct line or course : curve
3 : to change or vary the pitch of inflect one's voice
4 : to affect or alter noticeably : influence an approach inflected by feminism
: to become modified by inflection
inflectableplay \in-ˈflek-tə-bəl\ adjective
inflectiveplay \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.
Recent Examples of inflect from the Web
Tuesday Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Petty and company kicked off their 40th anniversary celebration late last year with a pair of remastered boxed set collections, a sweeping look back through their jangly, Americana-inflected rock.
How does Greene inflect her descriptions of nature—from the humming cicadas and pine trees to the murky caves and ruddy clay of the earth—to tell the troubled history of the region’s landscape? 2.
Chef Wes Whitsell turns out a Southern-inflected menu at Manuela, the swanky canteen in Hauser & Wirth.
His form is inflecting up, too: T-75, T-18 and T-10 in his last three starts.
His work is often inflected with a tone of crass, satirical bigotry that leaves him just enough room to declare it all a joke.
The original band featured extended jams, tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, rhythms from a pair of drummers and the smoky blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman.
Interplanetary conflict, meanwhile, is also inflected by race.
Russell’s vibrato-free, Iowa-inflected voice often obscured his lyrics.
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Origin and Etymology of inflect
Middle English, from Latin inflectere, from in- + flectere to bend
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
INFLECT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inflect for English Language Learners
grammar : to change the form of a word when using it in a particular way
INFLECT Defined for Kids
Definition of inflect for Students
1 : to change a word by inflection
2 : to change the pitch of the voice
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