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verb twist pronunciation in American English /twɪst/
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present tense
I/you/we/theytwist
he/she/ittwists
present participletwisting
past tensetwisted
past participletwisted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to force something out of its original shape by bending it or turning it around
    The force of the explosion had twisted the metal.
    She sat there twisting her handkerchief into a tight knot.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to bend or turn into a different shape
      Guy’s mouth twisted into a wry smile.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to change the position of part of your body so that you face a different direction
    Sanders twisted in his chair to look out of the window.
    twist something around: Stretch up, and twist your body around to the right.
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  3. 3
    [transitive] to turn something in a circle with your hands or fingers
    She twisted her ring as she spoke.
    twist something off something: Can you twist the cap off this bottle?
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  4. 4
    [transitive] to wind something around something else
    twist something around something: He twisted vines around the logs to make a raft.
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    1. a.
      to wind several pieces of wool, thread, wire, etc. over and under each other in order to make one thick piece
      twist something around/into something: Her hair was twisted into a braid on top of her head.
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  5. 5
    [intransitive] if a road or a river twists, it has a lot of bends in it
    From here, a narrow road twists up to the summit.
    twist and turn: The path twists and turns up the mountainside.
  6. 6
    [transitive] to injure a part of your body such as your knee or wrist by bending it too much or by bending it in the wrong direction
    I twisted my ankle, so I won’t be able to play.
  7. 7
    [transitive] to change the intended meaning of something slightly so that it means what you want it to mean
    “How he twisted things to suit himself!” she thought angrily.
    twist someone’s words: You’re twisting my words. You know that’s not what I meant.
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