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 Mouzon is expected to be extradited back to Fairfax County to stand trial. Washington Post, "Man charged in Mount Vernon double shooting that left one brother dead, another wounded," 2 Jan. 2020 The months-long civil unrest was sparked by a controversial bill that would have allowed residents to be extradited to China. NBC News, "Hong Kong Police clash with protesters as thousands join New Year's Day rally," 1 Jan. 2020 The Hong Kong protests, now in their seventh month, originated in popular opposition to plans to allow for fugitives to be extradited to mainland China for the first time. Time Staff, Time, "As Hong Kong's Leader Pledges to 'Listen Humbly,' Protesters Return to the Streets," 1 Jan. 2020 The Hong Kong protests began in June originally over a bill that would’ve opened the door for criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. cleveland, "NBA gets bipartisan criticism for apology to China after Rockets GM tweets support for Hong Kong protests," 7 Oct. 2019 In June, millions of protesters in tiny Hong Kong (population 7.4 million) demanded that the government—and its backers in Beijing—withdraw a controversial plan that would allow residents to be extradited for trial in China. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Story of 2019: Protests in Every Corner of the Globe," 30 Dec. 2019 Greece’s justice minister has signed an order for bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik to be extradited to France — concluding an international legal battle surrounding the Russian cryptocurrency trading platform operator. Washington Post, "Greece: Bitcoin fraud suspect to be extradited to France," 20 Dec. 2019 Mr Bashir was convicted of corruption in a Sudanese court on December 14th (see article) but seems unlikely to be extradited to stand trial for overseeing genocide in Darfur. The Economist, "The Economist’s country of the year Which nation improved the most in 2019?," 18 Dec. 2019 Boling, Kerr and Seok are in custody overseas and are expected to be extradited to the U.S. to face charges that include aggravated identity theft, fraud and money laundering conspiracy. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "Man to plead guilty in San Antonio in multimillion-dollar theft perpetrated on veterans," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

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“Extradite.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extradite. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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