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 Officer Clisham completed a theft report to expedite the firearm being entered into NCIC as stolen. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 19 Aug. 2019 While other passport expediting services do already exist, the new partnership makes dealing with passport woes a little more convenient. Natalie B. Compton, chicagotribune.com, "You can now renew your passport in as little as 24 hours. Here’s how.," 17 July 2019 But the options are unappealing even for some Conservative politicians who raised little objection when Trump has stepped in with unsolicited advice on how to expedite Brexit. Laura King, latimes.com, "Britain’s contest for prime minister roiled by Trump’s bare-knuckled attack on envoy to Washington," 9 July 2019 Then in 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order expediting the development of a biometric entry-exit program at airports, including facial recognition at the top 20 airports by 2021. Anchorage Daily News, "To board a plane without a ticket, just give up your face -- and your privacy," 11 June 2019 The high-volume nature of the restaurant, coupled with the need to get customers out for events in a timely manner, led the staff to develop a system of food runners to expedite orders quickly. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "From Humble Beginnings To Hartford Landmark, Carbone's Celebrates 80 Years," 26 Mar. 2018 America’s drug regulator has begun to expedite the approval of new production lines for scarce drugs. The Economist, "A dire scarcity of drugs is worsening, in part, because they are so cheap," 14 Sep. 2019 Biking advocates last December went before Ball to ask for $3 million in funding over the next three years to expedite their policy to create infrastructure and to formalize the biking policy. Erin B. Logan, baltimoresun.com, "More biking, pedestrian infrastructure could be coming to Howard County," 5 Sep. 2019 How data is being used beyond biometrics and security Data isn’t just being used to expedite the boarding process and verify identities, it’s also being deployed to personalize customer experiences. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Airlines and Airports Use Your Data, From Security to the Flight Itself," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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26 Oct 2019

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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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