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 Last month a British lawmaker proposed a criminal trial for Sacoolas to be conducted virtually or in absentia given the U.S. refusal to extradite. Matthew Barakat, Star Tribune, 9 Sep. 2020 Santa Ana authorities are in the process of trying to extradite her to Texas to face the murder allegation. Fox News, 4 May 2022 Hanick was arrested last month in London, from which the U.S. is seeking to extradite him. Chris Strohm, Bloomberg.com, 11 Mar. 2022 To a degree, the arrests mark a foreign policy win for the U.S., which tracks cybercriminals around the world and often works with allies to arrest and extradite them. NBC News, 14 Jan. 2022 Senior Justice Department officials have said that Russia relies on bad-faith requests to extradite its citizens arrested abroad on hacking charges and then either releases them or prosecutes them with light sentences. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 The decision on whether to extradite Ahmed to Iraq is ultimately up to Secretary of State Antony Blinken's office, though the Justice Department typically plays a driving role in the extradition process. Jacques Billeaud, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 The Spanish court agreed to extradite Carvajal in October after he was denied asylum. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 This kind of publicity and the support of leading Jewish figures in Hollywood like singer Al Jolson convinced Republican California Governor Frank Merriam to refuse to extradite Freeman to New York for the Hitler hustle. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Extradite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extradite. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for 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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