inflect

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verb in·flect \in-ˈflekt\

Definition of inflect

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to turn from a direct line or course :  curve

  3. 2 :  to vary (a word) by inflection :  decline, conjugate

  4. 3 :  to change or vary the pitch of inflect one's voice

  5. 4 :  to affect or alter noticeably :  influence an approach inflected by feminism

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become modified by inflection

inflectable

play \in-ˈflek-tə-bəl\ adjective

inflective

play \in-ˈflek-tiv\ adjective

Examples of inflect in a Sentence

  1. Most nouns in English are inflected for plural use by adding -s or -es.

  2. Most nouns in English inflect for plural use by adding -s or -es.

  3. Most adjectives in English do not inflect for gender or number.

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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

inflect

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verb

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

inflect

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verb in·flect \in-ˈflekt\

Definition of inflect for Students

inflected

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inflecting

  1. 1 :  to change a word by inflection

  2. 2 :  to change the pitch of the voice



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