Extort

  • 1 extort — ex·tort /ik stȯrt/ vt [Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere to remove by twisting, obtain by force, from ex out + torquere to twist]: to obtain (as money) from a person by force, intimidation, or undue or unlawful use of authority or… …

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  • 2 Extort — Ex*tort , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Extorted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Extorting}.] [L. extortus, p. p. of extorquere to twist or wrench out, to extort; ex out + torquere to turn about, twist. See {Torsion}.] 1. To wrest from an unwilling person by physical… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 extort — ex‧tort [ɪkˈstɔːt ǁ ɔːrt] verb [transitive] LAW to illegally force someone to give you money by threatening them: extort money from/​out of somebody • Smith was arrested on suspicion of having extorted property and money from at least 18 clients …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 Extort — Ex*tort , v. i. To practice extortion. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Extort — Ex*tort , p. p. & a. [L. extortus. p. p.] Extorted. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 extort — 1520s (as a pp. adj. from early 15c.), from L. extortus, pp. of extorquere (see EXTORTION (Cf. extortion)). Related: Extorted; extorting …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 extort — extract, *educe, elicit, evoke Analogous words: draw, drag, *pull: compel, *force, constrain, oblige, coerce: exact, *demand, require …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 extort — [v] cheat; blackmail bleed*, bully, clip, coerce, demand, educe, elicit, evince, exact, extract, fleece, force, get, gouge, hold up*, ice*, make pay through nose*, milk*, obtain, pinch, pull one’s leg*, put screws to*, put the arm on*, secure,… …

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  • 9 extort — ► VERB ▪ obtain by force, threats, or other unfair means. DERIVATIVES extorter noun extortion noun extortioner noun extortionist noun extortive adjective. ORIGIN Latin extorquere, from torquere twist …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 extort — [ek stôrt′, ikstôrt′] vt. [< L extortus, pp. of extorquere, to twist or turn out < ex , out + torquere, to twist: see TORT] to get (money, etc.) from someone by violence, threats, misuse of authority, etc.; exact or wrest (from) SYN.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 extort — verb a) To wrest from an unwilling person by physical force, menace, duress, torture, or any undue or illegal exercise of power or ingenuity; to wrench away (from); to tear away; to wring (from); to exact; as, to extort contributions from the… …

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  • 12 extort — v. (D; tr.) to extort from (to extort money from merchants) * * * [ɪk stɔːt] (D;tr.) to extort from (to extort money from merchants) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 extort — UK [ɪkˈstɔː(r)t] / US [ɪkˈstɔrt] verb [transitive] Word forms extort : present tense I/you/we/they extort he/she/it extorts present participle extorting past tense extorted past participle extorted to illegally get money or information from… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 extort — transitive verb Etymology: Latin extortus, past participle of extorquēre to wrench out, extort, from ex + torquēre to twist more at torture Date: 15th century to obtain from a person by force, intimidation, or undue or illegal power ; wring; also …

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  • 15 extort — verb Extort is used with these nouns as the object: ↑money …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 extort — ex|tort [ıkˈsto:t US o:rt] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of extorquere, from torquere to twist ] to illegally force someone to give you something, especially money, by threatening them →↑blackmail extort sth from sb ▪ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 extort — [[t]ɪkstɔ͟ː(r)t[/t]] extorts, extorting, extorted 1) VERB If someone extorts money from you, they get it from you using force, threats, or other unfair or illegal means. [V n from n] Corrupt government officials were extorting money from him...… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 extort — [ɪk stɔ:t, ɛk ] verb obtain by force, threats, or other unfair means. Derivatives extorter noun extortion noun extortioner noun extortionist noun extortive …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 extort — verb (T) to illegally force someone to give you money by threatening them: extort money from/out of sb: Landlords tried to cover their losses by extorting high rents from tenants. extortion noun (U): Confessions were obtained by extortion.… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 extort — ex•tort [[t]ɪkˈstɔrt[/t]] v. t. 1) law to obtain from a person by force, threat, or intimidation 2) to elicit by cunning or persuasiveness • Etymology: 1375–1425; < L extortus, ptp. of extorquēre to wrench away, extort ex•tort′er, n …

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