- 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: ME inflecten < L inflectere < in-, in + flectere, to bend
- inflective adjective
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verb in·flect·ed, in·flect·ing, in·flects verb, transitive
- 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.
- To be modified by inflection.
- To give all of the inflected forms of a word; to provide a paradigm.
Origin: Middle English inflecten, to bend down, from Latin īnflectere : in-, in; see in-2 + flectere, to bend.
- in·flecˈtive adjective
- in·flecˈtor noun