Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “extort”

See all translations

extort

verb [T] uk   /ɪkˈstɔːt/ us    /-ˈstɔːrt/
to get something by force or threats, or with difficulty: He had been extorting money from the old lady for years. Police have not so far been able to extort a confession from the people accused of the bombing.
extortion
noun [U] uk   /-ˈstɔː.ʃən/ us    /-ˈstɔːr.ʃən/
He was found guilty of obtaining the money by extortion (= by forceful methods).
Translations of “extort”
in Spanish conseguir a la fuerza…
in French extorquer…
in German erpressen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 敲詐,勒索, 強求…
in Russian вымогать…
in Turkish tehditle almak, zorla el koymak, gözünü korkutarak parasını almak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 敲诈,勒索, 强求…
in Polish wymuszać…
(Definition of extort from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of extort?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “extort” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

luck

the force that causes things, especially good things, to happen to you by chance and not as a result of your own efforts or abilities

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More