To inflect is to speak in a way that reflects — and changes with — your mood. After hearing tragic news, you'll inflect what you say with the sadness you feel.

The changing pitch of your voice inflects your words with meaning, and another way to inflect is to change the form of a word for grammatical reasons, including tense, number, or gender. When you inflect verbs, it's also called conjugation. For example, when you change the verb "to be" from "I am" to "we are," you inflect it. The Latin root of inflect is inflectere, "to bend," and also "to change."

Definitions of inflect

v vary the pitch of one's speech

modulate, tone
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v change the form of a word in accordance as required by the grammatical rules of the language

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to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb
inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"
add inflections showing person, number, gender, tense, aspect, etc.
pluralise, pluralize
mark with a grammatical morpheme that indicates plural
Type of:
make less severe or harsh or extreme

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