Definition of flex verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

flex

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verb
BrE BrE//fleks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fleks//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flex
BrE BrE//fleks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fleks//
 
he / she / it flexes
BrE BrE//ˈfleksɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfleksɪz//
 
past simple flexed
BrE BrE//flekst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flekst//
 
past participle flexed
BrE BrE//flekst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flekst//
 
-ing form flexing
BrE BrE//ˈfleksɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfleksɪŋ//
 
 
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  • [transitive, intransitive] flex (something) to bend, move or stretch an arm or a leg, or contract a muscle, especially in order to prepare for a physical activity to flex your fingers/feet/legs He stood on the side of the pool flexing his muscles.
  • Word Originverb early 16th cent.: from Latin flex- ‘bent’, from the verb flectere. Idioms to show somebody how powerful you are, especially as a warning or threat

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