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.

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Ng has been extradited from Malaysia to the U.S. to face similar charges. Shamim Adam, Washington Post, "How Malaysia’s 1MDB Scandal Shook the Financial World," 18 Sep. 2019 The Barksdales were being extradited from upstate New York, where they were arrested in May. CBS News, "Married murder suspects Blane and Susan Barksdale recaptured after 16 days in hiding," 12 Sep. 2019 He was extradited to Oregon and booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center on Sept. 3. oregonlive, "Father, son charged in July assault and murder in Northeast Portland," 6 Sep. 2019 James London, 23, will be extradited back to Harris County to face an arson charge. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Arson suspect in Houston apartment fire arrested in Louisiana," 5 Sep. 2019 They were being extradited to face charges of arson, burglary and murder in connection with the death of Frank Bligh, a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran who was killed in April in Tucson, Arizona. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Murder suspects escaped custody by faking an emergency," 29 Aug. 2019 Son of ex-NFL player accused of killing parents to appear in court The son of a former NFL lineman accused of killing his parents has been extradited from Mexico and is expected to appear in court Tuesday. Editors, USA TODAY, "Tropical Storm Dorian, Missouri abortion law, Pumpkin Spice Latte: 5 things to know Tuesday," 27 Aug. 2019 No longer untouchable, Akasha was extradited to the U.S. in January 2017. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How a San Diego AI company helped bring down an African crime boss," 24 Aug. 2019 The man has now been extradited to the United States, according to a DOJ indictment unsealed this week. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Security News This Week: Election Systems Are Way More Vulnerable Than We Thought," 10 Aug. 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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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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