Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: distortus, past participle of distorquere 'to twist out of shape'


1 [intransitive and transitive] to change the appearance, sound, or shape of something so that it is strange or unclear:
Tall buildings can distort radio signals.
2 [transitive] to report something in a way that is not completely true or correct:
His account was badly distorted by the press.
3 [transitive] to change a situation from the way it would naturally be:
an expensive subsidy which distorts the market
distorted adjective:
His face was distorted in anger.
distortion noun [uncountable and countable]
a gross distortion of the facts
WORD FOCUS: change WORD FOCUS: change
to change something: alter, adapt, adjust, amend, modify, revise, vary

to change a system or organization: restructure, reorganize, reform

to change something completely: transform, revolutionize

to change facts or information, or change what someone has said: twist, distort, misrepresent

easily changed: flexible, adaptable

impossible to change: fixed, final, irrevocable

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