ex·​pe·​dite | \ ˈek-spə-ˌdīt How to pronounce expedite (audio) \
expedited; expediting

Definition of expedite

transitive verb

1 : to accelerate the process or progress of : speed up
2 : to execute promptly

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If you're really intent on expediting something, you jump in with both feet—or place 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 extricate, prepare, be useful"), a word that traces back to the root ped- or pes, meaning "foot." Expedite has been used in English since at least the 15th century.

Examples of expedite in a Sentence

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 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 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 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
Recent Examples on the Web The governor issued several directives last week, heralding them as efforts to expedite the process of cleaning drinking water and improving driving conditions. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 24 Nov. 2021 After all, Operation Warp Speed—the federal effort to expedite the development and delivery of the vaccine—was a Trump administration initiative. David French, Time, 8 June 2021 The bill, which is likely to be signed by President Joe Biden, would create a new position at the Justice Department to expedite review of potential Covid-19-related hate crimes and incidents reported at the federal, state or local level. Devan Cole, CNN, 20 May 2021 As one example, the memorandum also asks that staff be able to process outdoor dining permits via administrative approvals, in order to expedite the approval process. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 5 May 2022 In the past decade, taxpayers spent more than $880 million expanding the San Ysidro Port of Entry to 62 automobile lanes in an effort to expedite border crossings. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 Just last week, the Select Board voted to temporarily delegate its promotional authority to Town Administrator Melvin Kleckner in order to expedite police promotions. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Jan. 2022 When the hearing concluded, Judge Charles Beaudrot ordered both sides to file all legal briefs and motions to him by Thursday, and promised to expedite his ruling. John Holland, Bloomberg.com, 22 Apr. 2022 That will coincide with the Biden administration’s new plans to expedite asylum claims at the border by allowing immigration officers to grant asylum instead of waiting for judges. NBC News, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of expedite

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for expedite

Latin expeditus, past participle of expedire — see expedient entry 1

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23 May 2022

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“Expedite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expedite. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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