Definition of inflection
1 : the act or result of curving or bending : bend
2 : change in pitch or loudness of the voice
3 a : the change of form that words undergo to mark such distinctions as those of case, gender, number, tense, person, mood, or voice b : a form, suffix, or element involved in such variation c : accidence
4 a : change in curvature of an arc or curve from concave to convex or conversely b : inflection point
Examples of inflection in a sentence
She spoke with no inflection.
She read the lines with an upward inflection.
Most English adjectives do not require inflection.
“Gone” and “went” are inflections of the verb “go.”
English has fewer inflections than many other languages.
Did You Know?
Changing the pitch, tone, or loudness of our words are ways we communicate meaning in speech, though not on the printed page. A rising inflection at the end of a sentence generally indicates a question, and a falling inflection indicates a statement, for example. Another way of inflecting words is by adding endings: -s to make a noun plural, -ed to put a verb in the past tense, -er to form the comparative form of an adjective, and so on.
First Known Use of inflection
INFLECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inflection for English Language Learners
: a rise or fall in the sound of a person's voice : a change in the pitch or tone of a person's voice
grammar : a change in the form of a word that occurs when it has a particular use
: a form of a word that occurs when it has a particular use : an inflected form
INFLECTION Defined for Kids
Definition of inflection for Students
1 : a change in the pitch of a person's voice
2 : a change in a word that shows a grammatical difference (as of number, person, or tense)
Medical Definition of inflection
: the act or result of curving or bending
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