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ex·tort

 (ĭk-stôrt′)
v. ex·tort·ed, ex·tort·ing, ex·torts
v.tr.
1. To obtain (something) by the criminal offense of extortion.
2. To obtain by coercion, intimidation, or psychological pressure: "[She] has no recourse but to model herself on her aunt in a fruitless effort to extort affection from her" (Claudia Nelson).
v.intr. Law
To commit the criminal offense of extortion: a conspiracy to extort.

[Latin extorquēre, extort-, to wrench out, extort : ex-, ex- + torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·tort′er n.
ex·tor′tive adj.

extort

(ɪkˈstɔːt)
vb (tr)
1. to secure (money, favours, etc) by intimidation, violence, or the misuse of influence or authority
2. to obtain by importunate demands: the children extorted a promise of a trip to the zoo.
3. (Commerce) to overcharge for (something, esp interest on a loan)
[C16: from Latin extortus wrenched out, from extorquēre to wrest away, from torquēre to twist, wrench]
exˈtorter n
exˈtortive adj

ex•tort

(ɪkˈstɔrt)

v.t.
1. to obtain from a person by force, threat, or intimidation.
2. to elicit by cunning or persuasiveness.
[1375–1425; < Latin extortus, past participle of extorquēre to wrench away, extort]
ex•tort′er, n.

extort


Past participle: extorted
Gerund: extorting

Imperative
extort
extort
Present
I extort
you extort
he/she/it extorts
we extort
you extort
they extort
Preterite
I extorted
you extorted
he/she/it extorted
we extorted
you extorted
they extorted
Present Continuous
I am extorting
you are extorting
he/she/it is extorting
we are extorting
you are extorting
they are extorting
Present Perfect
I have extorted
you have extorted
he/she/it has extorted
we have extorted
you have extorted
they have extorted
Past Continuous
I was extorting
you were extorting
he/she/it was extorting
we were extorting
you were extorting
they were extorting
Past Perfect
I had extorted
you had extorted
he/she/it had extorted
we had extorted
you had extorted
they had extorted
Future
I will extort
you will extort
he/she/it will extort
we will extort
you will extort
they will extort
Future Perfect
I will have extorted
you will have extorted
he/she/it will have extorted
we will have extorted
you will have extorted
they will have extorted
Future Continuous
I will be extorting
you will be extorting
he/she/it will be extorting
we will be extorting
you will be extorting
they will be extorting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been extorting
you have been extorting
he/she/it has been extorting
we have been extorting
you have been extorting
they have been extorting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been extorting
you will have been extorting
he/she/it will have been extorting
we will have been extorting
you will have been extorting
they will have been extorting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been extorting
you had been extorting
he/she/it had been extorting
we had been extorting
you had been extorting
they had been extorting
Conditional
I would extort
you would extort
he/she/it would extort
we would extort
you would extort
they would extort
Past Conditional
I would have extorted
you would have extorted
he/she/it would have extorted
we would have extorted
you would have extorted
they would have extorted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.extort - obtain through intimidationextort - obtain through intimidation    
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
take - take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
blackmail - obtain through threats
2.extort - obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
fleece, gazump, overcharge, plume, rob, soak, surcharge, hook, pluck - rip off; ask an unreasonable price
bleed - get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone; "They bled me dry--I have nothing left!"
3.extort - get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
prise, pry - make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry; "They pried the information out of him"
obtain - come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?"

extort

verb extract, force, squeeze, exact, bully, bleed (informal), blackmail, wring, coerce, wrest The kidnappers extorted a £175,000 ransom for his release.

extort

verb
To obtain by coercion or intimidation:
Slang: shake down.
Translations
يَنْتَزِع، يَبْتَز
afpresseaftvinge
kicsikar
òvinga fram, kúga
išgavimas prievartaišplėšimasišplėštilupikiškasplėšikiškas
izspiest
vynútiť
zorla almak

extort

[ɪksˈtɔːt] VT [+ promise, confession] → obtener por la fuerza, arrancar
to extort money from sbextorsionar a algn; (less formal) → arrancar dinero a algn con amenazas

extort

[ɪkˈstɔːrt] vt
to extort sth from sb → extorquer qch à qn

extort

vt moneyerpressen (from von); confessionerzwingen (from von); secretabpressen (→ from +dat)

extort

[ɪksˈtɔːt] vt to extort (from) (money, confession) → estorcere a; (promise) → strappare a

extort

(ikˈstoːt) verb
to obtain (from a person) by threats or violence. They extorted a confession from him by torture.
exˈtortion (-ʃən) noun
exˈtortionate (-nət) adjective
(of a price) much too high. That restaurant's prices are extortionate!
References in classic literature ?
When we last spake together," said Hester, "now seven years ago, it was your pleasure to extort a promise of secrecy as touching the former relation betwixt yourself and me.
But they say that the truth of this thing has never had a chance to be proved, for the reason that before any stranger can walk from the drawbridge to the appointed place, the beauty of the palace front will extort an exclamation of delight from him.
As John took his horse, and he followed me into the hall, he told me to make haste and put something dry on, and then return to him in the library; and he stopped me, as I made for the staircase, to extort a promise that I would not be long: nor was I long; in five minutes I rejoined him.
Throughout dinner he took a dry delight in making Sarah Pocket greener and yellower, by often referring in conversation with me to my expectations; but here, again, he showed no consciousness, and even made it appear that he extorted - and even did extort, though I don't know how - those references out of my innocent self.
That Glory never shall his wrath or might Extort from me.
Stand up, Isaac, and hearken to me,'' said the Palmer, who viewed the extremity of his distress with a compassion in which contempt was largely mingled; ``you have cause for your terror, considering how your brethren have been used, in order to extort from them their hoards, both by princes and nobles; but stand up, I say, and I will point out to you the means of escape.
She did at last extort from her father an acknowledgment that the horses were engaged; Jane was therefore obliged to go on horseback, and her mother attended her to the door with many cheerful prognostics of a bad day.
How is it possible to extort a meaning from all this jargon about 'devil's seats,' 'death's heads,' and 'bishop's hotels?
Now he would fix himself in Paris forever; he would extort a sort of happiness from the knowledge that if she was not there, at least the stony sepulchre that held her was.
Its valuable contents, however, had been abstracted, and the magistrate in vain endeavored to extort from the prisoner the use which had been made of them, or the place of their concealment.
Now I won't allude to conspiring to extort money or anything of that sort, because we are men and women of the world here, and our object is to make things pleasant.
You learnt in what way to put your questions so that they should be understood, you discovered on what subjects nearly all lied, and by what inquiries you could extort the truth notwithstanding.