- 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 inflect
Now it would have been absurd to inflect a long English lesson.Rites and Ritual
Can you so inflect "sprawling in want" and "sitting high" as to suggest a swamp and a mountain-top, or a frog and an angel?Vocal Expression
Katherine Jewell Everts
(e) To memorize words and to learn to inflect them, before memorizing and learning how to construct sentences.The Principles of Language-Study
Harold E. Palmer
And we yet retain an objective case of the pronoun, and inflect it for person, number and gender.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
- (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 inflect
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.