extradite

verb
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 Because he was taken into custody in Illinois, Wisconsin had to file documents to extradite him to the state to face the charges in Kenosha County. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kyle Rittenhouse's extradition hearing delayed for 30 days," 28 Aug. 2020 An earlier attempt by Ecuadorian prosecutors to extradite him from Belgium in an unrelated kidnapping case was rejected by Interpol on human rights grounds. Star Tribune, "Leftist leads in early returns for Ecuador presidential vote," 7 Feb. 2021 As Haley's family was struggling to come to terms with their new reality, the fight to extradite Orlando to the U.S. was in high gear. CBS News, "Murder of N.Y. nursing student leads to an international manhunt for her killer," 30 Jan. 2021 And an existing treaty does not require either country to extradite one of its own. CBS News, "Murder of N.Y. nursing student leads to an international manhunt for her killer," 30 Jan. 2021 That same judge denied a request from U.S. officials to extradite him just two days prior, leaving Assange in legal limbo. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Julian Assange's partner pleads with Trump for pardon with 24 hours left in presidency," 19 Jan. 2021 The Justice Department was exploring ways to extradite them to the United States. Fox News, "MS-13’s highest ranking leaders charged with terrorism offenses in US," 15 Jan. 2021 Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo should immediately demand that Pakistan extradite Mr. Sheikh immediately upon his release. Chris Christie, WSJ, "Extradite Daniel Pearl’s Kidnapper," 28 Dec. 2020 The United States is seeking to extradite Masud, a former Libyan intelligence officer, who is already serving a 10-year bomb-making sentence in Libya. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "DOJ charges alleged Lockerbie bomb-maker in 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 terror attack," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Extradite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extradite. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for extradite

extradite

verb

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

extradite

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 extradite (audio) \ adjective

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