in·​flect | \ in-ˈflekt How to pronounce inflect (audio) \
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 How to pronounce inflectable (audio) \ adjective
inflective \ in-​ˈflek-​tiv How to pronounce inflective (audio) \ 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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In Greenpoint, an alcohol-free bar called Getaway opened in April, featuring an Art Deco-inflected interior and a menu of nonalcoholic cocktails made from ingredients like tobacco syrup and rhubarb shrub. Alex Williams, New York Times, "The New Sobriety," 15 June 2019 The books is structured around a series of misdeeds that cause tension and rifts amid the foursome—the last of which turns the book into something like a domestic thriller, inflected with the trauma of early motherhood. Vogue, "10 New Books to Read This Summer," 31 May 2019 The language parodies the back-and-forth style of a Congressional hearing but is personal, inflected with her frustrations that some mysteries may be beyond her ability to solve. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy’ Review: Paranoid Imaginings," 24 Sep. 2018 Will the looming shadow of the nation’s scheduled withdrawal from the European Union on March 29—aka Brexit—inflect the season? Luke Leitch, Vogue, "6 Talking Points From the Fall 2019 Menswear Season to Come Inspired by Virgil... (Not the Virgil that You’re Thinking Of)," 3 Jan. 2019 Chef and owner Henning Nordanger once cooked as private chef for the King of Norway, and the restaurant serves excellent, Norwegian-inflected, farm-to-table brunch cuisine, like smoked trout with blinis. Elizabeth Dunn, WSJ, "A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills," 15 June 2018 With the unnamed canine making his memorable cameo, the first concerto is animated by simple but affecting moments of locomotion: recurring walking paces inflected by felicitous hesitation steps artfully in phase with Bach’s pulsing music. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The Six Brandenburg Concertos’ Review: Falling Short of Bach," 5 Oct. 2018 They are drawn in by the visual seductions of Instagram, as well as a desire for community inflected by environmentalism. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Young Urban Birders, Open Your Hearts to the Treetops!," 23 June 2018 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

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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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The first known use of inflect was in the 15th century

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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 How to pronounce inflect (audio) \
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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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