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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Recent Examples on the Web The justices rejected the bids to expedite without comment or public dissent as part of a list of orders released Monday. Greg Stohr, Bloomberg.com, "Supreme Court Rejects Trump Bid to Expedite Election Appeals," 11 Jan. 2021 Second, days before the election, the Court refused to expedite its consideration of the Republicans’ petition, again, leaving the extension in place. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "How Far Could Republicans Take Trump’s Claims of Election Fraud?," 10 Nov. 2020 The team had planned ahead: protocols and permits were in place to expedite the samples through the desert, across the border and into the hands of Morin at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Carolyn Cowan, Smithsonian Magazine, "Vaquita Genome Offers Hope for Species’ Survival," 9 Nov. 2020 Among other things, the disaster declaration gives hospitals the authority to practice telemedicine, do off-site testing, expedite licensing for essential personnel, and operate alternate care centers for COVID-19 patients. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Headed for a crisis’: Alaska’s hospitals urge governor to require masks, extend emergency declaration," 6 Nov. 2020 Clerks at those plants also culled ballots in the middle of the sorting process to expedite their delivery, spiriting them out of plants without exit scans. Washington Post, "USPS ballot problems unlikely to change outcomes in competitive states," 4 Nov. 2020 In what could represent the Kremlin’s biggest potential breakthrough, Russia has asked European regulators to examine a request for authorization of Sputnik V after Germany promised to help expedite the process. Henry Meyer, Fortune, "Countries are lining up for Russia’s once-scorned Sputnik vaccine after strong efficacy results," 8 Feb. 2021 In what could represent the Kremlin's biggest potential breakthrough, Russia has asked European regulators to examine a request for authorization of Sputnik V after Germany promised to help expedite the process. Henry Meyer, BostonGlobe.com, "Russia’s once-scorned vaccine is now a favorite in coronavirus pandemic fight," 6 Feb. 2021 By capturing the interest of talented local players, USF was able to expedite its rise in college football quickly. Dallas News, "New SMU defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt built USF program the same way the Mustangs are trying to build in Dallas," 28 Jan. 2021

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Expedite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expedite. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of expedite

formal : to cause (something) to happen faster

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