|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.
to report something in a way that is not completely true or correct:
His account was badly distorted by the press.
to change a situation from the way it would naturally be:
an expensive subsidy which distorts the market
His face was distorted in anger.
—distortion noun [uncountable and countable]WORD FOCUS: change
a gross distortion of the facts
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
➔ See also change