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twists, twisting, twisted

  1. VERB If you twist something, you turn it to make a spiral shape, for example by turning the two ends of it in opposite directions.

  2. V-ERG If you twist something, especially a part of your body, or if it twists, it moves into an unusual, uncomfortable, or bent position, for example because of being hit or pushed, or because you are upset.

  3. VERB If you twist part of your body such as your head or your shoulders, you turn that part while keeping the rest of your body still.

  4. VERB If you twist a part of your body such as your ankle or wrist, you injure it by turning it too sharply, or in an unusual direction.

  5. VERB If you twist something, you turn it so that it moves around in a circular direction.

    N-COUNT: oft N of n

    • Twist is also a noun. The bag is resealed with a simple twist of the valve.
  6. VERB If a road or river twists, it has a lot of sudden changes of direction in it.

    N-COUNT: usu pl

    • Twist is also a noun. It allows the train to maintain a constant speed through the twists and turns of existing track.
  7. VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone has twisted something that you have said, you disapprove of them because they have repeated it in a way that changes its meaning, in order to harm you or benefit themselves.

  8. N-COUNT A twist in something is an unexpected and significant development.

  9. N-COUNT: usu N of n A twist is the shape that something has when it has been twisted.

  10. N-SING: the N The twist is a dance that was popular in the 1960's, in which you twist your body and move your hips in an energetic way.

  11. PHRASE: twist inflects, usu by/in PHR If something happens by a twist of fate, it happens by chance, and it is strange, interesting, or unfortunate in some way.

  12. See also twisted

    to twist someone's arm see arm

    to get your knickers in a twist see knickers

    to twist the knife see knife

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twɪ̱stIf you twist something, you turn it to make a spiral shape, for example by turning the two ends of it in opposite directions.Examples

[V ] Her hands began to twist the handles of the bag she carried...
[V adv/prep] Twist the string carefully around the second stem with the other hand...
[V adv/prep] She twisted her hair into a bun and pinned it at the back of her head.

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Word forms


Common casetwisttwists
Possessive casetwist'stwists'


Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)twisting
Past Participle (Participle II)twisted
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I twistwe twist
you twistyou twist
he/she/it twiststhey twist
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am twistingwe are twisting
you are twistingyou are twisting
he/she/it is twistingthey are twisting
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have twistedwe have twisted
you have twistedyou have twisted
he/she/it has twistedthey have twisted
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been twistingwe have been twisting
you have been twistingyou have been twisting
he/she/it has been twistingthey have been twisting
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I twistedwe twisted
you twistedyou twisted
he/she/it twistedthey twisted
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was twistingwe were twisting
you were twistingyou were twisting
he/she/it was twistingthey were twisting
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had twistedwe had twisted
you had twistedyou had twisted
he/she/it had twistedthey had twisted
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been twistingwe had been twisting
you had been twistingyou had been twisting
he/she/it had been twistingthey had been twisting
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will twistwe shall/will twist
you will twistyou will twist
he/she/it will twistthey will twist
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be twistingwe shall/will be twisting
you will be twistingyou will be twisting
he/she/it will be twistingthey will be twisting
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have twistedwe shall/will have twisted
you will have twistedyou will have twisted
he/she/it will have twistedthey will have twisted
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been twistingwe shall/will have been twisting
you will have been twistingyou will have been twisting
he/she/it will have been twistingthey will have been twisting
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would twistwe should/would twist
you would twistyou would twist
he/she/it would twistthey would twist
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be twistingwe should/would be twisting
you would be twistingyou would be twisting
he/she/it would be twistingthey would be twisting
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have twistedwe should/would have twisted
you would have twistedyou would have twisted
he/she/it would have twistedthey would have twisted
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been twistingwe should/would have been twisting
you would have been twistingyou would have been twisting
he/she/it would have been twistingthey would have been twisting
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am twistedwe are twisted
you are twistedyou are twisted
he/she/it is twistedthey are twisted
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being twistedwe are being twisted
you are being twistedyou are being twisted
he/she/it is being twistedthey are being twisted
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been twistedwe have been twisted
you have been twistedyou have been twisted
he/she/it has been twistedthey have been twisted
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was twistedwe were twisted
you were twistedyou were twisted
he/she/it was twistedthey were twisted
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being twistedwe were being twisted
you were being twistedyou were being twisted
he/she/it was being twistedthey were being twisted
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been twistedwe had been twisted
you had been twistedyou had been twisted
he/she/it had been twistedthey had been twisted
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be twistedwe shall/will be twisted
you will be twistedyou will be twisted
he/she/it will be twistedthey will be twisted
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been twistedwe shall/will have been twisted
you will have been twistedyou will have been twisted
he/she/it will have been twistedthey will have been twisted