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English definition of “extort”

extort

verb [T]     /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.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things extortion     /-ˈstɔː.ʃən/ US  /-ˈstɔːr.ʃən/ noun [U] He was found guilty of obtaining the money by extortion (= by forceful methods).Fraud and corruption
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