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.

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The use of daily endurance exercise (i.e., at least 20 minutes of continued exercise at a specific intensity) can be a powerful tool to expedite recovery from a concussion. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "What to know about sports concussions like the one Portland Trail Blazers’ Anfernee Simons suffered against Utah Jazz," 9 Feb. 2020 What Customs and Border Protection dubs Global Entry 2.0, which will supposedly expedite processing even faster. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Things That Changed How We Travel in the 2010s," 16 Dec. 2019 Amy McLean, University of California, Davis Chinese breeders are also testing new nutrition programs that expedite growth, leading to an adult-size donkey in only 18 months. Christa Lesté-lasserre, Science | AAAS, "Chinese trade in hides has led to global donkey massacre," 12 Dec. 2019 Patsy's work ethic was forged early on, something that certainly expedited her career. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Inside Patsy Cline's Rise to Fame Before Her Tragic Death at 30 Years Old," 19 Oct. 2019 Additionally, the businesswoman revealed plans for a 300,000 square foot fulfillment facility in Texas, which will expedite Rent the Runway shipping and returns. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Rent the Runway Announces Temporary New Customer Freeze Amid Shipping Delays," 30 Sep. 2019 Doctors are constantly exploring new ways to expedite the repair and recovery of ACL tears. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "How Amari Rodgers Beat the Odds With a Remarkably Fast ACL Recovery," 26 Sep. 2019 The Sheriff's Department and county Correctional Health Services have been discussing measures to expedite screenings, upgrade inmate privacy and improve safety for nurses while allowing better access to the inmates. City News Service, latimes.com, "O.C. grand jury says jail should check inmates’ vital signs. The sheriff disagrees," 5 June 2019 President Trump hopes the threat of new tariffs will push Germany’s car makers to lobby Berlin, which would in turn use Germany’s clout as the EU’s largest economy to expedite talks on the trans-Atlantic trade deal with U.S., the official said. William Boston, WSJ, "U.S. Weighs Inviting German Auto CEOs to White House to Press for More U.S.-Based Production," 21 Nov. 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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16 Feb 2020

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“Expedite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expedite. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of expedite

formal : to cause (something) to happen faster

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