1375–1425; late Middle English inflecten < Latin inflectere to bend in, equivalent to in- in-2 + flectere to bend, curve; cf. flex1 (Source: dictionary.com)
Late Middle English (in inflect (sense 3)): from Latin inflectere, from in- ‘into’ + flectere ‘to bend’. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Inflect
verb (used with object)
- to modulate (the voice).
- Grammar. 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.
- (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
- Change the form of (a word) to express a particular grammatical function or attribute, typically tense, mood, person, number, and gender.
- Vary the intonation or pitch of (the voice), especially to express mood or feeling.
- Bend or deflect (something), especially inwards.
- : to vary (a word) by inflection : decline, conjugate
- : to change or vary the pitch of inflect one's voice
- : to affect or alter noticeably : influence an approach inflected by feminism
- : to turn from a direct line or course : curve
- : to become modified by inflection
Example sentences for Inflect
- (e) To memorize words and to learn to inflect them, before memorizing and learning how to construct sentences.
- And we yet retain an objective case of the pronoun, and inflect it for person, number and gender.
- 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?
- Now it would have been absurd to inflect a long English lesson.
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