ex·​tra·​dite | \ ˈek-strə-ˌdīt \
extradited; extraditing

Definition of extradite

transitive verb

1 : to deliver up to extradition
2 : to obtain the extradition of

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Some countries have a tradition of extradition—a fact which might concern criminals. Likely of significantly less concern to most criminals is the fact that extradition and tradition are related; both come from the Latin verb tradere, which means "to hand over." (Think of a tradition as something handed over from one generation to the next.) Some other words that have been handed down from tradere include betray, traitor, and treason.

Examples of extradite in a Sentence

He will be extradited from the U.S. to Canada to face criminal charges there. The prisoner was extradited across state lines.

Recent Examples on the Web

The police have made eight arrests in connection with the case, including six men who were extradited from Paterson, N.J. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "NYPD Probes Response Time in Fatal Stabbing of Bronx Teen," 28 June 2018 Eight suspects have been arrested on murder, manslaughter and gang assault charges, including six who were extradited from New Jersey on Wednesday. CBS News, "Funeral held for Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz killed in gang attack," 27 June 2018 The two men who were extradited to Massachusetts from Mississippi over the weekend for their alleged involvement in a 2017 Braintree murder pleaded not guilty Monday, the Norfolk District Attorney’s office said. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Two men extradited to Mass. for Braintree murder plead not guilty; ordered held without bail," 25 June 2018 Her business partner, Antonino Vadala, was arrested in Slovakia last week on drug trafficking charges and could soon be extradited to Italy. Miroslava Germanova And Marc Santora, New York Times, "Slovaks Meet the New Bosses. They’re Not Much Different From the Old Bosses.," 22 Mar. 2018 Gerardo Adan Cazarez Valenzuela, 33, who was known as Gary Cazarez, was extradited after serving time in a Mexico prison, U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder announced Wednesday. Dan Joling, Fox News, "Bank employee suspected of stealing $4.3M extradited to US," 28 Sep. 2018 He was extradited from Poland to Boston to face the charges, according to prosecutors. Lucas Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, "Drug trafficker sentenced to federal prison," 19 May 2018 Johnson was extradited to the U.S. after completing a one-year prison sentence in Cambodia as U.S. authorities sought to build their case. Gillian Flaccus, USA TODAY, "Jury finds Christian missionary from Oregon guilty of abusing Cambodian orphans," 16 May 2018 Morsi was extradited from the Republic of Egypt at two-twenty in the morning on November 13, 2016, aboard Lufthansa Flight 581. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Cairo: A Type of Love Story," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of extradite

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for extradite

back-formation from extradition

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The first known use of extradite was in 1864

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English Language Learners Definition of extradite

law : to send (a person who has been accused of a crime) to another state or country for trial


transitive verb
ex·​tra·​dite | \ ˈek-strə-ˌdīt \
extradited; extraditing

Legal Definition of extradite

1 : to deliver up to extradition
2 : to obtain the extradition of

Other Words from extradite

extraditability \ ˌek-​strə-​ˌdī-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
extraditable \ ˈek-​strə-​ˌdī-​tə-​bəl \ adjective

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