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inflect

[in-flekt] /ɪnˈflɛkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to modulate (the voice).
2.
Grammar.
  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.
3.
to bend; turn from a direct line or course.
4.
Botany. to bend in.
verb (used without object)
5.
Grammar. to be characterized by inflection.
Origin of inflect
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English inflecten < Latin inflectere to bend in, equivalent to in- in-2 + flectere to bend, curve; cf. flex1
Related forms
inflectedness, noun
inflective, adjective
inflector, noun
noninflected, adjective
uninflected, adjective
uninflective, adjective
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Examples from the Web for inflect
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • (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.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for inflect

inflect

/ɪnˈflɛkt/
verb
1.
(grammar) to change (the form of a word) or (of a word) to change in form by inflection
2.
(transitive) to change (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate
3.
(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 inflect
v.

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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