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

      

    distort

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɔːrt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distort
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɔːrt//
     
    he / she / it distorts
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɔːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɔːrts//
     
    past simple distorted
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɔːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɔːrtɪd//
     
    past participle distorted
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɔːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɔːrtɪd//
     
    -ing form distorting
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɔːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɔːrtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1distort something to change the shape, appearance or sound of something so that it is strange or not clear a fairground mirror that distorts your shape The loudspeaker seemed to distort his voice.
  2. 2distort something to twist or change facts, ideas, etc. so that they are no longer correct or true Newspapers are often guilty of distorting the truth. The article gave a distorted picture of his childhood.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘twist to one side’): from Latin distort- ‘twisted apart’, from the verb distorquere, from dis- ‘apart’ + torquere ‘to twist’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: distort