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"distort" in British English

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distortverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈstɔːt/  us   /-ˈstɔːrt/
distortion
noun [C or U] uk   /-ˈstɔː.ʃən/  us   /-ˈstɔːr-/
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 ​itsnatural or ​usualshape or ​condition: Agony distorted his ​face. There are those who would distort the ​facts to ​servetheir own ​politicalends.
distorted
adjective  us   /dɪˈstɔr·t̬ɪd/
The ​articlepresents a distorted ​view of ​life in ​small-townAmerica.
distortion
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)

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distortverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈstɔːt/
to ​change something from its ​original, ​natural, or intended ​meaning, ​condition, or ​shape, especially in a ​negative way: Governments are able to ​maintaindiscriminatoryprocurementpractices which significantly distort ​trade and ​reducepotentialgrowth. Local ​prices may be distorted by ​tradebarriers, ​salestaxes, or ​big differences in the ​cost of ​inputs such as ​rents. They ​claim she deliberately distorted ​information and put families at ​risk. These ​companiessystematically 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.
distortion
noun [C or U]
One way to ​reduce the resulting ​price distortions is to ​cutsubsidies. Another distortion of the ​unemploymentrate is the high ​level of ​hiddenemployment.
(Definition of distort from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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