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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Meanwhile college students who need sheets, coffee makers and other gadgets to fill their dorm rooms will also be able to expedite their online shopping trips. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Walmart offers a 3D tour to get shoppers to look, click and buy," 28 June 2018 Last month, the city approved a resolution to help expedite the Crenshaw extension, possibly by helping shoulder some of the cost, either through new taxes on property or cannabis. Neal Broverman, Los Angeles Magazine, "Where Should WeHo’s Rail Line Go?," 13 June 2018 The president has also drawn criticism from across the aisle for his bid to expedite legislation by limiting the number of amendments parliamentarians can make, thus further weakening opposition. NBC News, "Emmanuel Macron's first year: Could France's golden president lose his luster?," 6 May 2018 Andy Dalton did his best to expedite the process by going out to dinner with him this weekend. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals veterans on 2018 NFL Draft picks: If that affects you, you're too damn sensitive," 30 Apr. 2018 Royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET back in November that Harry had expedited the wedding in the hopes of staying ahead of his grandfather's health issues. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Prince Philip Makes His First Public Appearance Following His Hospitalization," 11 May 2018 Spinella is an out gay actor who in his thirties was a member of ACT UP, the activist coalition that used rowdy civil disobedience to expedite changes in AIDS funding, research and clinical trials. Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, "Spinella, playing Roy Cohn, sees ‘Angels’ from both sides now," 15 Apr. 2018 Average gas prices are still below their peak of $4.11 in 2008, when prices eventually topped $5 in parts of the country, expediting an economic downturn. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Average Gas Price Nears $3 a Gallon, Raising Worries for U.S. Economy," 11 July 2018 This will trap the ripening ethylene gases and expedite the process. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Store Pretty Much Any Kind of Produce," 25 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

: to cause (something) to happen faster

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a state of commotion or excitement

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