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English definition of “inflection”


noun [C, U]     /ɪnˈflekʃən/
WORD the way the end of a word changes to show tense, plural forms, etcLinguistic terms and linguistic style
VOICE the way that your voice goes up and down when you speak, for example to show that you are asking a questionWays of speakingPhonology and phonetics
(Definition of inflection noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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