inflect

verb
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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Recent Examples on the Web Most improbable of all was my kid, my Harper, swimming with her friends, playing her netball, learning her te reo Māori, speaking in her aspirational Kiwi-inflected accent. Longreads, "Tramp Like Us," 18 Sep. 2019 The music was soul-inflected gospel with a hint of country. Mike Oliver | Moliver@al.com, al, "Tracking a forgotten artist who left great songs, and a message to “Mom"," 23 Nov. 2019 Will’s tale is related in a kind of Chaucer-lite; in accordance with her reading, Bernadine’s narrative is French-inflected; Thomas is resolutely Latinate. The Economist, "Love in the time of the Black Death," 29 Aug. 2019 Unlike Mandarin, Arabic is inflected for gender, and Chinese dealers, who learn the language strictly by ear, often pick up speech patterns from female customers. Peter Hessler, Time, "The Case for Embracing Linguistic Identities," 27 June 2019 Thomas’s rightward drift, which began in the seventies, was inflected by the very ethos that once put him on the left: namely, disaffection with black liberalism and the mainstream civil-rights movement. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, "Clarence Thomas’s Radical Vision of Race," 21 June 2019 Articles, demonstrative, and adjectives all inflected for case in Old English, so English speakers a few hundred years ago would have found German pretty simple. Michelle Sheehan, Quartz, "Five reasons English speakers struggle to learn other languages," 3 July 2019 Hanna Hur’s paintings, drawings and sculptures at Bel Ami bend some of the most rigorous formal traditions in Western art to the service of spirituality inflected with Korean shamanism. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Art as a portal to Korean ancestors? The mesmerizing work of Hanna Hur," 1 July 2019 At dinner, Mary Louise delivers a speech—inflected with her understanding of masculinity—to her grandchildren about feeling angry that their father’s not alive when lesser men (in her opinion, anyway) have survived. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Why Meryl Streep’s Sly Matriarch Works So Well on Big Little Lies," 11 June 2019

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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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12 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Inflect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflecting. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for inflect

inflect

verb
How to pronounce inflect (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inflect

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

inflect

verb
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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