extort Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “extort” - English Dictionary

Definition of "extort" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

extortverb [T]

 us   /ɪkˈstɔrt/
to ​obtain by ​force or ​threat: The ​gang is ​accused of extorting ​money from ​localstore owners.
extortion
noun [U]  us   /ɪkˈstɔr·ʃən/
He was ​foundguilty of extortion.
(Definition of extort from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "extort" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

extortverb [T]

uk   /ɪkˈstɔːt/  us   /-ˈstɔːrt/
to get something by ​force or ​threats, or with ​difficulty: He had been extorting ​money from the ​oldlady for ​years. Police have not so ​far been ​able to extort a ​confession from the ​peopleaccused of the ​bombing.
extortion
noun [U] uk   /-ˈstɔː.ʃən/  us   /-ˈstɔːr.ʃən/
He was ​foundguilty of ​obtaining the ​money by extortion (= by ​forcefulmethods).
(Definition of extort from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "extort" - Business English Dictionary

See all translations

extortverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪkˈstɔːt/
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 ​privatelife.
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)
Translations of “extort”
in Spanish conseguir a la fuerza…
in Vietnamese tống tiền…
in Malaysian memeras…
in Thai ขู่เข็ญ…
in French extorquer…
in German erpressen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 敲诈,勒索, 强求…
in Turkish tehditle almak, zorla el koymak, gözünü korkutarak parasını almak…
in Russian вымогать…
in Indonesian memaksa, memeras…
in Chinese (Traditional) 敲詐,勒索, 強求…
in Polish wymuszać…
What is the pronunciation of extort?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

conker

the shiny brown poisonous nut of a horse chestnut tree

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More