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English verb: distort

1. distort (communication) make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story


Synonymsfalsify, garble, warp


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)belie, misrepresent


Narrower (hyponym)mangle, murder, mutilate

2. distort (contact) form into a spiral shape


SamplesThe cord is all twisted.


Synonymstwine, twist


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform


Narrower (hyponym)contort, deform, distort, enlace, entangle, entwine, interlace, intertwine, interweave, lace, mat, snarl, spin, tangle, twine, weave, wrench, wring, wring


Antonymsuntwist

3. distort (contact) twist and press out of shape


Synonymscontort, deform, wring


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)distort, twine, twist


Narrower (hyponym)morph


Verb groupwrench, wring, wring

4. distort (communication) affect as in thought or feeling


SamplesMy personal feelings color my judgment in this case.
The sadness tinged his life.


Synonymscolor, colour, tinge


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on

5. distort (change) alter the shape of (something) by stress


SamplesHis body was deformed by leprosy.


Synonymsdeform, strain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)form, shape


Narrower (hyponym)jaundice









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