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verb [transitive] torture pronunciation in American English /ˈtɔrtʃər/
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present tense
I/you/we/theytorture
he/she/ittortures
present participletorturing
past tensetortured
past participletortured

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  1. 1
    to hurt a person or animal deliberately in a very cruel way, especially as a punishment or in order to make them say something

    Many of the prisoners had been tortured.

  2. 2
    to make someone feel extremely worried or upset about something

    Don’t torture yourself by thinking about the money.

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torturer

noun [countable]
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singulartorturer
pluraltorturers

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