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 Fraudsters may also falsely promise to expedite the arrival of a stimulus check. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Second stimulus checks may attract scammers — here's what to watch for," 5 Jan. 2021 The Trump campaign cites these impending dates in urging the Supreme Court to expedite its case. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Trump Campaign Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Biden’s Wisconsin Win," 30 Dec. 2020 Consider past government supports for companies and projects promising to expedite an energy transition, including Fisker, Solyndra, Ivanpah, and Crescent Dunes. Jordan Mcgillis, National Review, "Biden’s Electric-Vehicle Plan Misses the Mark," 29 Dec. 2020 Requests for immediate payment by wire transfer, credit, prepaid debit or gift cards to expedite stimulus payment or other benefit. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Millions of Floridians await extra COVID relief — will stimulus checks arrive this week?," 28 Dec. 2020 That helped expedite Butler’s trade from the Timberwolves to Philadelphia two seasons ago. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: James Harden is trying to be a disruptor, and it's working. His antics could poison Rockets.," 24 Dec. 2020 The earlier fire, at the Amistad Residential Facility, killed four men and prompted the city to expedite regulation of such homes. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Searching for humanity," 23 Dec. 2020 The preference for granting emergency use authorization to expedite rollouts of Covid-19 vaccines poses immense difficulties for poorer countries and will likely delay their access to these life-saving agents. Safura Abdool Karim, STAT, "Emergency use authorization of Covid-19 vaccines could hinder global access to them," 18 Dec. 2020 Under President Donald Trump, the agency has sought to expedite environmental reviews and permitting of pipelines, highways and other projects. Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg.com, "Biden Taps Brenda Mallory for Environmental Quality Council," 16 Dec. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Expedite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expedite. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of expedite

formal : to cause (something) to happen faster

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