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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Researchers say many people have been asymptomatic – or didn't know they were inflected. USA Today, 20 Apr. 2020 There are concerns that scores of Yanomani have been inflected by a youth who died of the disease. Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic, 14 Apr. 2020 Mario Bastos), this magical realist tale set and shot in bustling capital Luanda is buoyed by a quite outstanding original jazz-inflected soundtrack by Aline Frazao, whose renown already stretches beyond her continent's shores. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Jan. 2020 Those footnotes are critical, though: Wifredo Lam, a Cuban painter, appears multiple times, inflecting the standard wartime narrative of European ruin with ideas around the destructive force of colonialism and slavery, an ocean away., 18 Oct. 2019 Later, Shelby is again confronted by Beebe, whose mealy-mouthed bureaucratic jargon and weaselly chicanery inflects the entire drama. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of inflect was in the 15th century

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“Inflect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inflect

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


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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