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Definition of extort verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

extort

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɔːrt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they extort
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɔːrt//
 
he / she / it extorts
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɔːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɔːrts//
 
past simple extorted
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɔːrtɪd//
 
past participle extorted
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɔːrtɪd//
 
-ing form extorting
BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɔːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɔːrtɪŋ//
 
 
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extort something (from somebody) to make somebody give you something by threatening them The gang extorted money from over 30 local businesses. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin extort- ‘wrested’, from the verb extorquere, from ex- ‘out’ + torquere ‘to twist’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: extort