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

This is a perfect opportunity to expedite the projects. Scott Maxwell, OrlandoSentinel.com, "15 questions for the candidates for Orange County mayor. Where do they stand?," 24 May 2018 In a sign of Pruitt's split-screen existence, according to administration officials briefed on the matter, Trump on Friday plans to sign the directive expediting air- quality permits. Anchorage Daily News, "EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s job imperiled by expanding ethics issues," 6 Apr. 2018 The area is covered under a waiver signed last year by the homeland security secretary to expedite border construction by ignoring certain environmental, land management and natural resource laws. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego receives additional $251M in border fence funding," 1 Apr. 2018 Trump's desire to expedite the justice system hasn't stopped at capital punishment. Ryan Struyk, CNN, "Trump's complicated past with the death penalty and due process," 11 Mar. 2018 The average fee to expedite a return is $85, according to the National Society of Accountants. cleveland.com, "The 4 best times to file your taxes (NerdWallet)," 28 Jan. 2018 Not to mention, the foil traps heat, which expedites the cooking process, so something that might normally take a good hour will only need 30 minutes or less. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "14 Foil-Pack Dinners You Can Make in Less Than 30 Minutes," 11 Feb. 2019 The new model is meant to expedite the marketing process, helping the company ingest data and then quickly create content informed by that data. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "J.M. Smucker Revamps Marketing Strategy to Keep Up With Changes, Spur Growth," 29 Oct. 2018 Seeking to expedite the process, Senate Republicans have moved to obtain documents directly from Bush's team. Fox News, "Kavanaugh documents from Bush White House made public, as Dems complain of 'cherry-picking'," 9 Aug. 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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