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

He was arrested by international authorities and extradited back to the United States. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Trial begins for man accused of killing wife in Ahwatukee, fleeing to India," 4 June 2019 Two men were extradited to Massachusetts and are scheduled to face charges for the murder of a 19-year-old woman on Monday afternoon, the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office said. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, "Two men extradited to Massachusetts to face charges in murder of 19-year-old woman," 24 June 2018 Esterly was taken into custody and flown to Miami, where he was held until Sunday, at which point he was extradited to Allentown. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Wife of Man Who Allegedly Fled to Mexico With Teen Says: 'I Never Had Any Inkling it Would Lead to This'," 27 Mar. 2018 Assange was awarded diplomatic asylum in mid-2012 by President Rafael Correa on the grounds that the Wikileaks leader’s life was in danger should he be extradited to the U.S. to face charges of leaking classified information. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 9 Jan. 2018 The United States on Monday extradited to Panama Ricardo Martinelli, a former president of that country, to face a long list of corruption and political espionage charges. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Former Panama president extradited from U.S. to face corruption charges," 11 June 2018 None of the defendants were arrested, as Russia rarely extradites its citizens to the United States to face legal proceedings. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "The Charges in the Mueller Investigation," 23 Feb. 2018 The pair were extradited back to Missouri and held on a $1 million bond. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of Dee Dee Blanchard's Murder and Gypsy Blanchard's Trial," 3 Apr. 2019 Federal authorities arrested Travis Plummer, 37, in Puerto Rico in April and extradited him to New Jersey on Thursday, Hudson County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Ray Worrall said, according to NJ.com. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Dad accused of dumping child's remains in suitcases along railroad tracks appears in court," 7 July 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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