Meaning of “extort” in the English Dictionary

"extort" in British English

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extortverb [ T ]

uk /ɪkˈstɔːt/ us /ɪkˈstɔːrt/
extortion
noun [ U ] uk /ɪkˈstɔː.ʃən/ us /ɪkˈstɔːr.ʃən/

He was found guilty of obtaining the money by extortion (= by forceful methods).

(Definition of “extort” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"extort" in American English

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extortverb [ T ]

us /ɪkˈstɔrt/

to obtain by force or threat:

The gang is accused of extorting money from local store owners.
extortion
noun [ U ] us /ɪkˈstɔr·ʃən/

He was found guilty of extortion.

(Definition of “extort” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"extort" in Business English

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extortverb [ T ]

uk /ɪkˈstɔːt/ us

to get something, especially money, from someone by using force or threats:

extort sth from sb The claim was that he had extorted money from the CEO by threatening to publish details of his private life.
extortion
noun [ U ]

He has been found guilty on two charges of extortion and now faces a jail sentence.

(Definition of “extort” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)