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expedite

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verb, ex·pe·dite \ˈek-spə-ˌdīt\

Simple Definition of expedite

  • : to cause (something) to happen faster

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of expedite

expeditedexpediting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to execute promptly

  3. 2 :  to accelerate the process or progress of :  speed up

  4. 3 :  issue, dispatch

Examples of expedite in a sentence

  1. During the fire season they wear a semblance of uniform intended to expedite the rush when the siren howls … —Tom Harpole, Air & Space, August/September 1993

  2. Overnight he found himself coordinating the train and ship schedules and expediting the loading and unloading of 15,000 officers and men … —Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie, 1988

  3. This final phase was never actually completed because of the need to expedite an airmobile force to Vietnam. —Shelby L. Stanton, Anatomy of a Division, 1987

  4. After the war its leaders were stigmatized as collaborators and accused of helping to expedite the murderous work of the Nazis. —Bernard Wasserstein, New York Times Book Review, 24 May 1987

  5. They've asked the judge to expedite the lawsuits.

  6. We'll do what we can to expedite the processing of your insurance claim.



Did You Know?

If you're really intent on expediting something, you jump in with both feet - or apply a single foot where it will be most effective! And when you do, you're drawing on the etymology of expedite itself. The word comes from the Latin verb expedire ("to set free" or "to make useful"), a word that in turn traces back to the root ped- or pes, meaning "foot." Expedite has been used in English since at least the 15th century.

Origin of expedite

Latin expeditus, past participle of expedire (see 1expedient)


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with expedite

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