verb (used with object)
to modulate (the voice).
to bend; turn from a direct line or course.
Botany. to bend in.
verb (used without object)
Grammar. to be characterized by inflection.
(grammar) to change (the form of a word) or (of a word) to change in form by inflection
(transitive) to change (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate
(transitive) to cause to deviate from a straight or normal line or course; bend
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.
[in-fawr-muh-tiv] /ɪnˈfɔr mə tɪv/ adjective 1. giving ; instructive: an informative book. /ɪnˈfɔːmətɪv/ adjective 1. providing information; instructive adj. “instructive,” late 14c., “formative, shaping, plastic,” from Medieval Latin informativus, from Latin informatus, past participle of informare (see inform). Related: Informatively.
[in-heer-uh nt, -her-] /ɪnˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr-/ adjective 1. existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute; : an inherent distrust of strangers. 2. Grammar. standing before a noun. /ɪnˈhɪərənt; -ˈhɛr-/ adjective 1. existing as an inseparable part; intrinsic adjective of an adjective, having a relevant meaning only when used […]
[in-heer-uh nt, -her-] /ɪnˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr-/ adjective 1. existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute; : an inherent distrust of strangers. 2. Grammar. standing before a noun. /ɪnˈhɪərənt; -ˈhɛr-/ adjective 1. existing as an inseparable part; intrinsic adj. 1570s, from Latin inhaerentem (nominative inhaerens), present participle of inhaerere […]
[in-juh-ree] /ˈɪn dʒə ri/ noun, plural injuries. 1. harm or damage that is done or sustained: to escape without injury. 2. a particular form or instance of harm: an injury to one’s shoulder; an injury to one’s pride. 3. wrong or injustice done or suffered. 4. Law. any wrong or violation of the rights, property, […]