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verb     twist pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participletwisting
past tensetwisted
past participletwisted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to force something out of its original shape by bending it or turning it round

    The force of the explosion had twisted the metal.

    She sat there twisting her handkerchief into a knot.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to bend or turn into a different shape

      Guy’s mouth twisted into a wry smile.

  2. 2
    [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?

  3. 3
    [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’ve twisted my ankle so I won’t be able to play.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to wind something around something else
    twist something around/round something:

    He twisted vines round the logs to make a raft.

    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 plait on top of her head.

  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 Alwinton.

    twist and turn:

    The path twists and turns up the mountainside.

  6. 6
    [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.

  7. 7
    [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/round:

    Stretch up, and twist your body round to the right.

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