Ex·tort, p. p. & a. Extorted. [Obs.]
Ex·tort, v. i. To practice extortion. [Obs.]
Ex·tort v. t. [imp. & p. p. Extorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Extorting.]
1. 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 vanquished; to extort confessions of guilt; to extort a promise; to extort payment of a debt.
2. Law To get by the offense of extortion. See Extortion, 2.
v 1: obtain through intimidation
2: 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" [syn: squeeze, rack,
3: get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
[syn: wring from]