Meaning of “distort” in the English Dictionary

"distort" in British English

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distortverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈstɔːt/ us /dɪˈstɔːrt/
noun [ C or U ] uk /dɪˈstɔː.ʃən/ us /dɪˈstɔːr.ʃən/

a gross distortion of the facts

(Definition of “distort” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"distort" in American English

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distortverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈstɔrt/

to change something from its natural or usual shape or condition:

Agony distorted his face.
There are those who would distort the facts to serve their own political ends.
adjective us /dɪˈstɔr·t̬ɪd/

The article presents a distorted view of life in small-town America.
noun [ C/U ] us /dɪˈstɔr·ʃən/

[ C ] Dole charged his opponent with making deliberate distortions of his record.

(Definition of “distort” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"distort" in Business English

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distortverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈstɔːt/ us

to change something from its original, natural, or intended meaning, condition, or shape, especially in a negative way:

Governments are able to maintain discriminatory procurement practices which significantly distort trade and reduce potential growth.
Local prices may be distorted by trade barriers, sales taxes, or big differences in the cost of inputs such as rents.
They claim she deliberately distorted information and put families at risk.
These companies systematically distort the truth - by design.
Critics said the speaker not only distorted the facts but unfairly criticized one of the city's great success stories.

One way to reduce the resulting price distortions is to cut subsidies.
Another distortion of the unemployment rate is the high level of hidden employment.

(Definition of “distort” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)