to alter, adapt, or modulate (the voice).
to alter or adapt in tone or character: the power of storytelling inflected through a feminist sensibility; jazz-inflected music.
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.
- in·flect·ed·ness, noun
- in·flec·tive, adjective
- in·flec·tor, noun
- non·in·flect·ed, adjective
- un·in·flect·ed, adjective
- un·in·flec·tive, adjective
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How to use inflect in a sentence
Your cultureSo many key maternal variables — a spouse’s role, the distance to the nearest grandparent — are socially inflected.
The Aces’ locker room, full again, rings with Cambage’s Aussie-inflected jokes and preemptive boasts.A’ja Wilson had a rebirth, Liz Cambage is healthy, and Las Vegas is among the WNBA favorites | Robert O'Connell | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
Now it would have been absurd to inflect a long English lesson.Rites and Ritual | Philip Freeman
(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
Query to the class: How did the lady inflect the word Yes to call forth the injunction, Read it again?Vocal Expression | Katherine Jewell Everts
British Dictionary definitions for inflect
(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
- inflectedness, noun
- inflective, adjective
- inflector, noun
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