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

past participle

the form of a verb, usually made by adding -ed, used in some grammatical structures such as the passive and the present perfect

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More