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
His work is often inflected with a tone of crass, satirical bigotry that leaves him just enough room to declare it all a joke.
Mark Webber goes on in his friendly Australian way as do some of the others, inflecting their individual nationalities.
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Origin and Etymology of inflect
Middle English, from Latin inflectere, from in- + flectere to bend
First Known Use: 15th century
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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