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English definition of “extort”


verb [T]     /ɪkˈstɔːt/
to get money from someone by saying that you will harm themGetting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of thingsThreats and warnings
extortion     /ɪkˈstɔːʃən/ noun [U]
(Definition of extort verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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