inflect

  • 1 Inflect — In*flect , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inflected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inflecting}.] [L. inflectere, inflexum; pref. in in + flectere to bend. See {Flexible}, and cf. {Inflex}.] 1. To turn from a direct line or course; to bend; to incline, to deflect; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 inflect — (v.) early 15c., to bend inward, from L. inflectere (pp. inflexus) to bend in, bow, curve, figuratively, to change, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + flectere to bend. Grammatical sense is attested 1660s; pronunciation sense (in inflection) is… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 inflect — ► VERB 1) Grammar change or be changed by inflection. 2) vary the intonation or pitch of (the voice). 3) technical bend or deflect inwards. DERIVATIVES inflective adjective. ORIGIN Latin inflectere, from in into + flectere to bend …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 inflect — [in flekt′] vt. [ME inflecten < L inflectere < in , in + flectere, to bend] 1. to turn, bend, or curve, usually inward 2. to vary or change the tone or pitch of (the voice); modulate 3. Gram. to change the form of (a word) by inflection, as …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 inflect — verb Inflect is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑verb Inflect is used with these nouns as the object: ↑noun, ↑verb …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 6 inflect — UK [ɪnˈflekt] / US verb Word forms inflect : present tense I/you/we/they inflect he/she/it inflects present participle inflecting past tense inflected past participle inflected 1) a) [intransitive] linguistics if a word inflects, you change its… …

    English dictionary

  • 7 inflect — [[t]ɪnfle̱kt[/t]] inflects, inflecting, inflected VERB: V If a word inflects, its ending or form changes in order to show its grammatical function. If a language inflects, it has words in it that inflect. Derived words: inflected ADJ GRADED Kings …

    English dictionary

  • 8 inflect — verb 1 (I) if a word inflects, its form changes according to its meaning or use 2 (I, T) if your voice inflects or if you inflect it, the sound of it becomes higher or lower as you are speaking …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 inflect — /ɪnˈflɛkt/ (say in flekt) verb (t) 1. to bend; turn from a direct line or course. 2. to modulate (the voice). 3. Grammar a. to apply inflection to (a word). b. to recite or display all, or a distinct set of, the inflections of (a word), in a… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 10 inflect — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin inflectere, from in + flectere to bend Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to turn from a direct line or course ; curve 2. to vary (a word) by inflection ; decline, conjugate 3. to change or …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 inflect — inflectedness, n. inflective, adj. inflector, n. /in flekt /, v.t. 1. to modulate (the voice). 2. Gram. a. to apply inflection to (a word). b. to recite or display all or a distinct set of the inflections of (a word); decline or conjugate …

    Universalium

  • 12 inflect — verb /ɪnˈflɛkt/ a) To cause to curve inwards. b) To change the tone or pitch of the voice when speaking or singing …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 inflect — Synonyms and related words: analyze, arch, bend, bend back, bow, bracket, conjugate, crook, curl, curve, decline, decurve, deflect, dome, embow, flex, hook, hump, hunch, hyphenate, incurvate, incurve, intonate, loop, mark, modulate, parenthesize …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 inflect — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. bend, turn, curve; modulate, vary; conjugate, decline. See curvature, change, grammar. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. turn, curve, crook; see arch , bend 1 …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 inflect — in|flect [ınˈflekt] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: inflectere, from flectere to bend ] [i]technical if a word inflects, its form changes according to its meaning or use …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 inflect — in|flect [ ın flekt ] verb 1. ) transitive to change the sound of your voice when you are speaking, for example to emphasize a particular word 2. ) intransitive LINGUISTICS if a word inflects, you change its form to suit the grammar of the other… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 inflect — in·flect || ɪn flekt v. change the tone of one s voice, modulate one s voice; curve inward, bend; alter a word by inflection (Grammar) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 inflect — verb 1》 Grammar change or be changed by inflection. 2》 vary the intonation or pitch of (the voice), especially to express mood or feeling. 3》 technical bend or deflect from a straight course, especially inwards. Derivatives inflective adjective… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 inflect — v. a. 1. Bend, bow, curve, turn from a direct line. 2. (Gram.) Decline (a noun or an adjective), conjugate (a verb), vary the terminations of …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 inflect — v 1. curve, bend, turn, loop, round, bow, flex; hook, crook; arch, vault; reflect, reflex; incurve, incurvate; retroflex, recurve, decurve, bend back. 2. modulate, intonate, intone, vocalize, phonate; (all of the voice) vary, alter, diversify,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder