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Definition of inflict verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inflict
    he / she / it inflicts
    past simple inflicted
    -ing form inflicting
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  1. 1to make someone or something suffer something unpleasant inflict something on/upon somebody/something They inflicted a humiliating defeat on the home team. Heavy casualties were inflicted on the enemy.
  2. 2(humorous) Do you have to inflict that music on us? inflict something They surveyed the damage inflicted by the storm. The rodent's sharp teeth can inflict a nasty bite.
noun [uncountable] the infliction of pain
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