inflect


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

in·flect

 (ĭn-flĕkt′)
v. in·flect·ed, in·flect·ing, in·flects
v.tr.
1. To alter (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate.
2. Grammar To alter (a word) by inflection.
3. To turn from a course or a specified alignment; bend.
v.intr. Grammar
1. To be modified by inflection.
2. To give all of the inflected forms of a word; to provide a paradigm.

[Middle English inflecten, to bend down, from Latin īnflectere : in-, in; see in-2 + flectere, to bend.]

in·flec′tive adj.
in·flec′tor n.

inflect

(ɪnˈflɛkt)
vb
1. (Grammar) (grammar) to change (the form of a word) or (of a word) to change in form by inflection
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) (tr) to change (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate
3. (tr) to cause to deviate from a straight or normal line or course; bend
[C15: from Latin inflectere to curve round, alter, from flectere to bend]
inˈflectedness n
inˈflective adj
inˈflector n

in•flect

(ɪnˈflɛkt)
v.t.
1. to modulate (the voice).
2. to change the form of (a word) by inflection; conjugate or decline.
3. to bend; turn from a direct course.
v.i.
4. to be characterized by grammatical inflection.
[1375–1425; Middle English < Latin inflectere to bend in =in- in-2 + flectere to bend; compare flex1]
in•flec′tive, adj.
in•flec′tor, n.

inflect


Past participle: inflected
Gerund: inflecting

Imperative
inflect
inflect
Present
I inflect
you inflect
he/she/it inflects
we inflect
you inflect
they inflect
Preterite
I inflected
you inflected
he/she/it inflected
we inflected
you inflected
they inflected
Present Continuous
I am inflecting
you are inflecting
he/she/it is inflecting
we are inflecting
you are inflecting
they are inflecting
Present Perfect
I have inflected
you have inflected
he/she/it has inflected
we have inflected
you have inflected
they have inflected
Past Continuous
I was inflecting
you were inflecting
he/she/it was inflecting
we were inflecting
you were inflecting
they were inflecting
Past Perfect
I had inflected
you had inflected
he/she/it had inflected
we had inflected
you had inflected
they had inflected
Future
I will inflect
you will inflect
he/she/it will inflect
we will inflect
you will inflect
they will inflect
Future Perfect
I will have inflected
you will have inflected
he/she/it will have inflected
we will have inflected
you will have inflected
they will have inflected
Future Continuous
I will be inflecting
you will be inflecting
he/she/it will be inflecting
we will be inflecting
you will be inflecting
they will be inflecting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been inflecting
you have been inflecting
he/she/it has been inflecting
we have been inflecting
you have been inflecting
they have been inflecting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been inflecting
you will have been inflecting
he/she/it will have been inflecting
we will have been inflecting
you will have been inflecting
they will have been inflecting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been inflecting
you had been inflecting
he/she/it had been inflecting
we had been inflecting
you had been inflecting
they had been inflecting
Conditional
I would inflect
you would inflect
he/she/it would inflect
we would inflect
you would inflect
they would inflect
Past Conditional
I would have inflected
you would have inflected
he/she/it would have inflected
we would have inflected
you would have inflected
they would have inflected
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.inflect - change the form of a word in accordance as required by the grammatical rules of the language
modify - make less severe or harsh or extreme; "please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"
compare - to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb
decline - inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"
conjugate - add inflections showing person, number, gender, tense, aspect, etc.; "conjugate the verb"
pluralise, pluralize - mark with a grammatical morpheme that indicates plural; "How do speakers pluralize nouns in Japanese?"
2.inflect - vary the pitch of one's speech
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

inflect

verb
1. modulate, intonate, vary, adjust, attune a different way of inflecting the line
2. (Grammar) conjugate, decline I shall inflect this word as a Latin noun.
Translations
äänensävyämuuttaataivuttaa

inflect

[ɪnˈflekt] VT
1. [+ voice] → modular
2. (Gram) [+ noun] → declinar; [+ verb] → conjugar

inflect

[ɪnˈflɛkt] vi [verb] → se conjuguer; [noun] → se décliner

inflect

vt
(Gram) → flektieren, beugen
voicemodulieren
vi (Gram) → flektierbar or veränderlich sein, gebeugt werden

inflect

[ɪnˈflɛkt]
1. vt (voice) → modulare (Gram) → flettere
2. vi (Gram) → flettersi
References in periodicals archive ?
Observe that on the latter account the non-overt modal will also have to inflect (non-overtly) for tense or agreement if it is to be "finite", unless it is simply stipulated as finite: neither is a happy suggestion.
China, that monstrous elephant in the living room of contemporary architectural practice and discourse, made its long awaited debut at this year's Venice Biennale, exploring how traditional Chinese culture might inflect and impact on the breakneck expansion of modern cities.
Marshaling evidence from the literature (organized according to DSM nosology in order to preserve a common frame), the authors inflect their review of differential methods of assessing personality traits and behavior patterns with material drawn from their own clinical research and practice.
Only after the protein is cleaved into gp120 and gp41 components is the AIDS virus able to bind to and inflect other white blood cells.
Yet we race around, work long hours, pollute our environment and inflect grievous suffering on fellow humans and animals.
Rice argues that in Song of Solomon (1977) Morrison seeks to decry the inability of "traditional forms" such as the Bildungsroman to inflect the distinctiveness of black women's experiences in relation to the experiences of black men.
This report comes shortly after the latest near -disaster at Heathrow airport in which terrorist were attempting to use liquid explosives to inflect mass casualties and destruction.