change the form of (a word) to express a particular grammatical function or attribute, typically tense, mood, person, number, case, and gender.
By contrast, the final verb is not marked for switch-reference but is fully inflected for such categories, and this inflection is relevant to the whole clause chain.
vary the intonation or pitch of (the voice), especially to express mood or feeling.
‘Odd seeing Mr. Van Doren here,’ Ronald says, his deep voice inflected with curiosity.
bend or deflect (something), especially inward.
Each milieu affects the space, bends it, inflects it, shapes it.