verb (used with object)

  1. to modulate (the voice).
  2. Grammar.
    1. to apply inflection to (a word).
    2. to recite or display all or a distinct set of the inflections of (a word); decline or conjugate.
  3. to bend; turn from a direct line or course.
  4. Botany. to bend in.

verb (used without object)

  1. Grammar. to be characterized by inflection.


  1. (grammar) to change (the form of a word) or (of a word) to change in form by inflection
  2. (tr) to change (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate
  3. (tr) to cause to deviate from a straight or normal line or course; bend

adj.1713, from un- (1) “not” + past participle of inflect. v.early 15c., “to bend inward,” from Latin inflectere (past participle inflexus) “to bend in, bow, curve,” figuratively, “to change,” from in- “in” (see in- (1)) + flectere “to bend” (see flexible). Grammatical sense is attested 1660s; pronunciation sense (in inflection) is c.1600. Related: Inflected; inflecting.

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