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v. in·flect·ed, in·flect·ing, in·flects
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.
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.]
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]
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]
Past participle: inflected
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|Verb||1.||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"
|2.||inflect - vary the pitch of one's speech|