- to modulate (the voice).
- to apply inflection to (a word).
- to recite or display all or a distinct set of the inflections of (a word); decline or conjugate.
- to bend; turn from a direct line or course.
- Botany. to bend in.
- Grammar. to be characterized by inflection.
Origin of inflect
Examples from the Web for inflected
Kannada is an inflected language, so you tend to drop what is most important in an English sentence: the subject.Why I’ve Learned Many Languages by Aravind Adiga
February 19, 2012
How did the roots or substantial portions of words become modified or inflected?Cratylus
The Parson blurted an expletive, inflected like the profane.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
Like naht were also inflected brust, breast, and burc, citadel.A Middle High German Primer
As in the case of Latin, we have some inflected French forms in English.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
One, like self and other, is so far a substantive, that it is inflected.A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
- (grammar) to change (the form of a word) or (of a word) to change in form by inflection
- (tr) to change (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate
- (tr) to cause to deviate from a straight or normal line or course; bend
Word Origin and History for inflected
early 15c., "to bend inward," from Latin inflectere (past participle inflexus) "to bend in, bow, curve," figuratively, "to change," from in- "in" (see in- (1)) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Grammatical sense is attested 1660s; pronunciation sense (in inflection) is c.1600. Related: Inflected; inflecting.