vb. To compel, coerce, or 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. To overcome the power of someone to resist. (Law) To get by the offense of extortion. See Extortion.
- vb. To practice extortion.
- p. p. & adj. Extorted.