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English definition of “extort”

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).
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