in·​flect | \ in-ˈflekt How to pronounce inflect (audio) \
inflected; inflecting; inflects

Definition of inflect

transitive verb

1 : to vary (a word) by inflection : decline, conjugate
2 : to change or vary the pitch of inflect one's voice
3 : to affect or alter noticeably : influence an approach inflected by feminism
4 : to turn from a direct line or course : curve

intransitive verb

: to become modified by inflection

Other Words from inflect

inflectable \ in-​ˈflek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce inflect (audio) \ adjective
inflective \ in-​ˈflek-​tiv How to pronounce inflect (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.
Recent Examples on the Web And sometimes, guests may notice Filipino ingredients like calamansi and coconut vinegar, an in initiative by Collantes to inflect parts of his Filipino heritage (his parents were originally from Bulacan and Manila) at his restaurant. Cheryl Tiu, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Eggers, who likes to conjure elaborate visions only to attack their foundations from within, works hard to inflect that journey with a self-critical spirit. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 These verbal ornaments give the actors something to work with, lines to inflect and emotions to contrive, as hectic distractions from the fact that their characters are purely puppets, pulled by the dictatorial strings of plot. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 And how does that inflect your understanding of or approach to them? Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 31 Mar. 2022 That is the tendency to inflect your judgment of a statement depending on the person making it. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 12 Feb. 2021 Trump also attempted to inflect her speech with humor. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 28 Aug. 2020 Inspired by the Great Replacement–inflected thinking of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, several countries in Eastern Europe are pulling up the drawbridge to foreign migrants, their dim demographic prospects notwithstanding. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, 18 May 2020 Colors such as pallid rose and chartreuse are inflected with gold, and prints are inspired by nature. Kavita Daswani,, 13 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of inflect

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

History and Etymology for inflect

Middle English, from Latin inflectere, from in- + flectere to bend

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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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