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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At one point, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien offered to expedite permits if Fane would move the project to his community, just north of the city — a sign that other municipalities were attempting to capitalize on Providence’s reluctance. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "Building in Providence: a tale of bureaucratic headaches and too many delays," 17 June 2019 That point was most recently proved in 2016, when California voters rejected a ballot measure to abolish capital punishment and approved anotherto expedite the appeals process. Phil Willon, latimes.com, "Poll finds Californians support the death penalty — and Newsom’s moratorium on executions," 17 June 2019 But the rate of growth is unpredictable because of government’s willingness to expedite rather than regulate change. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Scarcities are recyclable excuses for expanding government," 13 June 2019 But the rate of growth is unpredictable because of government’s willingness to expedite rather than regulate change. George Will, National Review, "The Scarcity Scam," 13 June 2019 But the vote Tuesday will reaffirm the authority House Committee chairs have to expedite going to court to enforce their subpoenas bypassing an otherwise lengthy process. NBC News, "House Democrats consider bills to 'safeguard democracy' in response to Mueller report," 10 June 2019 Jennifer Bartashus, an analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, said much of the investment in internet commerce these days focuses on the last mile — or expediting products bought via the internet to a person’s house. latimes.com, "Blackstone bets big on Amazon, e-commerce with $18.7-billion acquisition," 3 June 2019 Gene drive solutions have the potential one day to expedite malaria eradication by overcoming the barriers of logistics in resource-poor countries. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Experiments Show 'Gene Drive' Technique Could Wipe Out Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes," 24 Sep. 2018 Because the city must finalize which measures will be on the November ballot by early August, the appeals court will need to follow its usual practice of expediting such matters during election years. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Judge rejects lawsuit aimed at keeping SDSU West proposal off November ballot," 15 June 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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