ex·​pe·​dite | \ ˈek-spə-ˌdīt \
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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Irked by the response to Mr. Mattis’s resignation letter, which laid bare some of the core disagreements between the Pentagon chief and the Republican president, Mr. Trump expedited the defense secretary’s departure on Sunday. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Trump Moves Up Departure Date for Defense Secretary Mattis," 23 Dec. 2018 The Obama administration reacted by significantly expanding family detention, expediting the deportation of families apprehended crossing the border. NBC News, "Separated from son, one migrant mom takes on the feds," 7 July 2018 Republicans said the latest accusations fit into Democrats’ last-minute efforts to derail Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which GOP leaders are trying to expedite. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "As Blockbuster Hearing Looms, Battle Lines Are Drawn," 26 Sep. 2018 Two years ago Herrera’s former chief executive officer, François Kress, tried to engineer a coup d’état to expedite the founder’s exit and replace her with Laura Kim, who was then a consultant. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Meet Wes Gordon, the Young Man Leading the Next Chapter of Carolina Herrera," 8 Aug. 2018 This week’s motion isn’t the first time Mullis tried to expedite his impending death. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Baby killer waives appeal to expedite his execution: 'I'm ready to accept my punishment'," 2 Aug. 2018 Global Entry, which includes access to PreCheck, also gives members expedited clearance when entering the U.S. and costs $100. Alison Sider, WSJ, "The Struggle to Make Airport Lines a Little Less Awful," 14 Nov. 2018 Amazon’s voracious hunger for warehouses, part of a larger bid to expand and expedite its logistics and shipping network, has helped make industrial warehouses in upscale neighborhoods a hot commodity. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon is coming for the small corner store," 2 Oct. 2018 While overarching research findings support the concept that low-carb eating plans can expedite weight loss, few have been studied for longer than a year to evaluate their efficacy and safety for lifelong use. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Know About the Carnivore Diet," 7 Sep. 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

: to cause (something) to happen faster

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