verb (used with object)
- to apply inflection to (a word).
- to recite or display all or a distinct set of the inflections of (a word); decline or conjugate.
verb (used without object)
- inflationary gap,
- inflationary spiral,
- inflationary universe,
- inflection point,
Origin of inflect
Examples from the Web for inflect
(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
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
Now it would have been absurd to inflect a long English lesson.Rites and Ritual|Philip Freeman
Word Origin 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.