- 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(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.
NAmE//ɪnˈflɪkt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inflict
he / she / it inflicts
past simple inflicted
-ing form inflicting
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NAmE//ɪnˈflɪkʃn//noun [uncountable] the infliction of pain