ex·​tra·​dite | \ ˈek-strə-ˌdīt How to pronounce extradite (audio) \
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

So kudos to the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and their business allies for speaking up against a proposal to let the territory start extraditing people China wants to put on trial. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Hijacked in Hong Kong," 5 Apr. 2019 Late last week brought word that the producer of Hotel Mumbai had struck a settlement to extradite rights to its Armie Hammer terrorist film. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Weinstein Co., A&E At War Over How Harvey Weinstein Misconduct Impacts Deals," 18 June 2018 The State Department’s determination to extradite Andrés Felipe Arias, a former Colombian agriculture minister, at the behest of a left-wing Colombian Supreme Court, marks a new low for Foggy Bottom. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "A One-Sided Treaty With Colombia," 3 Mar. 2019 However, Yunes said Guatemala — which initially agreed to extradite Duarte only to face the corruption charges — must still agree to allow him to be tried on the abduction charges. Fox News, "Mexico ex-governor pleads guilty to corruption, gets 9 years," 27 Sep. 2018 Lu is being extradited to New York City, where he’ll be formally charged with first-degree assault. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "N.Y.C. Man Accused of Chopping Pregnant Wife's Arm Off with Steak Knife Is Arrested Near Canadian Border," 25 June 2018 Tonya Couch was extradited and charged with money laundering after draining $30,000 from her bank account, along with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive. Diana Samuels, NOLA.com, "'Affluenza teen' Ethan Couch released from jail after serving 2 years," 2 Apr. 2018 He was apprehended in 2013 by Mexican authorities in the state of Michoacan and was extradited three years later, according to a press release from the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Man sentenced to 210 years for 1993 rape, killing of 82-year-old retired teacher," 27 Mar. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce extradite (audio) \
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 How to pronounce extraditable (audio) \ adjective

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