expedite

verb ex·pe·dite \ ˈek-spə-ˌdīt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of expedite

expedited; expediting
transitive verb
1 : to accelerate the process or progress of : speed up
2 : to execute promptly

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Examples of expedite in a Sentence

  1. During the fire season they wear a semblance of uniform intended to expedite the rush when the siren howls … —Tom HarpoleAir & SpaceAugust/September 1993
  2. Overnight he found himself coordinating the train and ship schedules and expediting the loading and unloading of 15,000 officers and men … —Neil SheehanA Bright Shining Lie1988
  3. This final phase was never actually completed because of the need to expedite an airmobile force to Vietnam. —Shelby L. StantonAnatomy of a Division1987
  4. After the war its leaders were stigmatized as collaborators and accused of helping to expedite the murderous work of the Nazis. —Bernard WassersteinNew York Times Book Review24 May 1987

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of expedite

Latin expeditus, past participle of expedire — see 1expedient

EXPEDITE Defined for English Language Learners

expedite

verb

Definition of expedite for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to happen faster



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