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inflection

noun uk ( UK also inflexion)   /ɪnˈflek.ʃən/ us  

inflection noun (GRAMMAR)

[C] specialized language a change in or addition to the form of a word that shows a change in the way it is used in sentences: If you add the plural inflection "-s" to "dog" you get "dogs".
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inflection noun (SPEECH)

[C or U] the way in which the sound of your voice changes during speech, for example when you emphasize particular words: His voice was low and flat, with almost no inflection.
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