- to turn, bend, or curve, usually inward
- to vary or change the tone or pitch of (the voice); modulate
- Gram. to change the form of (a word) by inflection, as in conjugating or declining
Origin of inflectMiddle English inflecten ; from Classical Latin inflectere ; from in-, in + flectere, to bend
verbin·flect·ed, in·flect·ing, in·flects
- To alter (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate.
- Grammar To alter (a word) by inflection.
- To turn from a course or a specified alignment; bend.
verb, intransitive Grammar
- To be modified by inflection.
- To give all of the inflected forms of a word; to provide a paradigm.
Origin of inflectMiddle English inflecten, to bend down, from Latin īnflectere : in-, in; see in–2 + flectere, to bend.
(third-person singular simple present inflects, present participle inflecting, simple past and past participle inflected)
From Latin īnflectō, from in- (“in”) + flectō (“I bend”)