[ in-flekt ]
/ ɪnˈflɛkt /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
Grammar. to be characterized by inflection.
Words nearby inflect
Origin of inflect
OTHER WORDS FROM inflect
in·flect·ed·ness, nounin·flec·tive, adjectivein·flec·tor, nounnon·in·flect·ed, adjective
un·in·flect·ed, adjectiveun·in·flec·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-inflected
/ (ɪnˈflɛkt) /
(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
Derived forms of inflectinflectedness, nouninflective, adjectiveinflector, noun
Word Origin for inflect
C15: from Latin inflectere to curve round, alter, from flectere to bend
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