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

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 According to BuzzFeed News, more than 500 fathers detained at the for-profit Karnes County Residential Center will be refusing food in an attempt to force U.S. authorities to expedite their cases. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "500 Immigrant Dads Are Staging a Hunger Strike at a Texas Detention Center," 3 Aug. 2018 For the next two weeks, however, night construction will take place to expedite the initial removal of pavement. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Construction in Nampa has some residents feeling like ‘hostages’; did they have fair warning? | Idaho Statesman," 9 Apr. 2018 May have to expedite his pace against NFL defenses. Joe Noga, cleveland.com, "Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame OG: 2018 NFL Draft profile (video)," 5 Mar. 2018 Reduce or expedite regulatory and permit processing requirements, to create more certainty and predictability in the development process. 2. Amy Chance, sacbee, ""Build a lot more of it": What California can do to solve its housing problem," 18 June 2018 In addition, as colleagues later noted, his illness might even be seen to have expedited his work, freeing him from the standard bureaucratic chores of academe and mundane domestic tasks. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Stephen Hawking, ground-breaking physicist, dead at 76," 14 Mar. 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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