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[in-flekt] /ɪnˈflɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to modulate (the voice).
  1. to apply inflection to (a word).
  2. 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.
Origin of inflect
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English inflecten < Latin inflectere to bend in, equivalent to in- in-2 + flectere to bend, curve; cf. flex
Related forms
inflectedness, noun
inflective, adjective
inflector, noun
noninflected, adjective
uninflected, adjective
uninflective, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inflected
  • It's perfectly modulated, precisely inflected, with no discernible accent.
  • In fact the whole book is a dramatic monologue, a solipsistic world where other characters are inflected through one sensibility.
  • However, the language is not inflected, it does not have genders or tones.
  • Well, it is also true for everyone who were inflected and survived.
  • He has broad experience writing about many parts of the world, in keenly observant and idea-inflected prose.
  • Her speech in interviews is beautifully inflected, full of personality and nuance.
  • And maybe the true answer is that immaturity might be constant, but throughout a life it gets inflected differently.
  • But bright colors can be inflected to deliver bad news too.
  • There's also quite a bit of novelty and soul-inflected hip-hop that will have punk purists scratching their heads.
  • Suicide and self-inflected poisoning by gases in domestic use.
British Dictionary definitions for inflected


(grammar) to change (the form of a word) or (of a word) to change in form by inflection
(transitive) to change (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate
(transitive) to cause to deviate from a straight or normal line or course; bend
Derived Forms
inflectedness, noun
inflective, adjective
inflector, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin inflectere to curve round, alter, from flectere to bend
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Word Origin and History for inflected



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.

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