Meaning of “inflection” in the English Dictionary

"inflection" in British English

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UK also inflexion uk /ɪnˈflek.ʃən/ us /ɪnˈflek.ʃən/

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".

More examples

  • In the present tense we say "he sits", because the third person singular inflection of the verb is -s.
  • By adding the inflection "-ed", you form the past tense of the verb.

(Definition of “inflection” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inflection" in American English

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us /ɪnˈflek·ʃən/

inflection noun (SPEECH)

[ U ] change in the quality of the voice, often showing an emotion:

Phyllis replies without any particular inflection in her voice, "I guess I’m lazy."

inflection noun (GRAMMAR)

grammar [ C ] a change in a word form or ending to show a difference in the word’s meaning or use:

"Gets," "got," and "gotten" are inflections of the verb "get."

(Definition of “inflection” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)