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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


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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