Extradite vs expedite

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Extradite and expedite are two words that are sometimes confused. We will examine the differing definitions of extradite and expedite, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

To extradite means to transfer custody of a person from one country, state or jurisdiction to another, so that person may answer for a crime he is accused of committing. Many countries agree to extradition treaties, which are agreements that the countries will surrender people who are accused of crimes to the country in which they committed to those crimes, and not harbor fugitives from justice. Extradite is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are extradited, extradited, extraditing, extradition. The word extradite was coined in the 1860s as a backformation of the word extradition, a borrowed or loan word from the French.

Expedite means to make something happen faster, to speed up a process or project. Expedite is a transitive verb, related words are expedites, expedited, expediting, expediter. The word expedite is derived from the Latin word expedire, which means to disengage, to put in order, literally meaning to free the feet from fetters.


Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, told the media this week that his ministry is proceeding with the relevant steps to comply with the United States request to extradite attorney Andrew Bennett. (The Belize Reporter)

Turkey has extradited 12 people to the United States in the last 15 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, criticizing the prolonged process over Ankara’s demand to extradite Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gülen, believed to have masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt. (The Hurriyet Daily News)

Provost’s memo tells agents they can “expedite transit through or around a checkpoint” during “immediate emergency operations.” (The San Antonio Express-News)

When Guruprasad Mohapatra, the chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), meets with the officials of the Pune airport on Friday, he will be requested to expedite various expansion works. (The Times of India)