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Definition of mangle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mangle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡl//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mangle
    BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡl//
     
    he / she / it mangles
    BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡlz//
     
    past simple mangled
    BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡld//
     
    past participle mangled
    BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡld//
     
    -ing form mangling
    BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1mangle something to crush or twist something so that it is badly damaged His hand was mangled in the machine.
  2. 2mangle something to spoil something, for example a poem or a piece of music, by saying it wrongly or playing it badly synonym ruin
  3. Word Originverb late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French mahangler, perhaps a frequentative of mahaignier ‘maim’.
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