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

 

inflect

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈflekt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈflekt//
 
[intransitive](grammar)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inflect
BrE BrE//ɪnˈflekt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈflekt//
 
he / she / it inflects
BrE BrE//ɪnˈflekts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈflekts//
 
past simple inflected
BrE BrE//ɪnˈflektɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈflektɪd//
 
past participle inflected
BrE BrE//ɪnˈflektɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈflektɪd//
 
-ing form inflecting
BrE BrE//ɪnˈflektɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈflektɪŋ//
 
 
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if a word inflects, its ending or spelling changes according to its grammatical function in a sentence; if a language inflects, it has words that do this Verbs inflect for tense and person. Most languages of the world inflect. Wordfindercase, conjugate, gender, grammar, inflect, noun, part of speech, singular, subject, tense Word Origin late Middle English (originally in a technical sense, ‘to bend’ or ‘deflect something’): from Latin inflectere, from in- ‘into’ + flectere ‘to bend’.
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