- 1mangle something to crush or twist something so that it is badly damaged His hand was mangled in the machine.
- 2mangle something to spoil something, for example a poem or a piece of music, by saying it wrongly or playing it badly synonym ruin
- adjective mangled bodies/remains
NAmE//ˈmæŋɡl//[usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mangle
he / she / it mangles
past simple mangled
-ing form mangling
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