Definition of inflection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also inflexion especially in British English) noun
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈflekʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈflekʃn//
    [countable, uncountable] Grammar
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  1. 1 a change in the form of a word, especially the ending, according to its grammatical function in a sentence See related entries: Grammar
  2. 2a change in how high or low your voice is as you are speaking She spoke slowly and without inflection.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘the action of bending inwards’): from Latin inflexio(n-), from the verb inflectere ‘bend in, curve’, from in- ‘into’ + flectere ‘to bend’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inflection