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 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.

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
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Reduce or expedite regulatory and permit processing requirements, to create more certainty and predictability in the development process. 2. Amy Chance, sacbee, ""Build a lot more of it": What California can do to solve its housing problem," 18 June 2018 In addition, as colleagues later noted, his illness might even be seen to have expedited his work, freeing him from the standard bureaucratic chores of academe and mundane domestic tasks. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Stephen Hawking, ground-breaking physicist, dead at 76," 14 Mar. 2018 Given Friel’s trip to Charlotte less than a week after the NFL learned of the allegations against Hurney, the league appears to have expedited its investigation of Hurney. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "NFL puts review of Panthers' Marty Hurney on fast track | Charlotte Observer," 9 Feb. 2018 Then Valve released the Steam Link, which expedited the process by hooking directly to your TV. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Steam Link Anywhere lets you play your Steam library on the go," 14 Mar. 2019 For centuries, trading ships visiting the port city of Veracruz expedited cross-cultural pollination. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019 The case was so absurd and obviously political that the U.S. embassy in Bogotá expedited Mr. Arias’s visa request, allowing him to flee to Miami in 2014. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Will the U.S. Extradite an Innocent Man?," 4 Nov. 2018 The Obama administration’s strategy was to expedite deportations of refugee children oftentimes without a lawyer, and jail refugee mothers with children as a deterrent. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Years of backlash: Obama policy on illegal immigrants' children was also slammed by critics," 18 June 2018 But the monitor’s primary task would be to expedite repairs to problems like broken boilers, mold and lead paint, which pose a threat to public health. Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ And J. David Goodman, New York Times, "Cuomo Creates Monitor to Oversee Repairs to City’s Public Housing," 2 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of expedite was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of expedite

formal : to cause (something) to happen faster

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