facilitate

verb
fa·​cil·​i·​tate | \ fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtāt How to pronounce facilitate (audio) \
facilitated; facilitating

Definition of facilitate

transitive verb

: to make easier : help bring about facilitate growth

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Other Words from facilitate

facilitative \ fə-​ˈsi-​lə-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce facilitate (audio) \ adjective

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As with so many English words, it's easy to find a Latin origin for facilitate. It traces back to the Latin adjective facilis, meaning "easy." Other descendants of facilis in English include facile ("easy to do"), facility ("the quality of being easily performed"), faculty ("ability"), and difficult (from dis- plus facilis, which equals "not easy"). Facilis in turn comes from facere, a Latin verb meaning "to make or do." Facere has played a role in the development of dozens of English words, ranging from affect to surfeit.

Examples of facilitate in a Sentence

The strength of the inner identities that black women forged and nurtured during slavery facilitated the transition to freedom. — Darlene Clark Hine, Lure and Loathing, 1993 What physical events might have facilitated the evolution of macroscopic animals? — Andrew H. Knoll, Scientific American, October 1991 Nothing so facilitates writing as actually having something to say, yet the conditions under which, and the tools with which, writing is done can contribute to facility—or to difficulty. — Joseph Epstein, The Middle of My Tether, 1983 Cutting taxes may facilitate economic recovery. Her rise to power was facilitated by her influential friends. The moderator's role is to facilitate the discussion by asking appropriate questions.
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Recent Examples on the Web The city is also in the beginning phase of a complete zoning code update, which will help facilitate future economic development. John Benson, cleveland, "Brooklyn mayor excited about a ‘normal’ 2021 with projects galore scheduled," 24 Dec. 2020 Auburn hired Parker Executive Search to help facilitate the search process. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Inside the battle over Auburn’s coaching search," 23 Dec. 2020 The Sentencing Project cited the Cook County jail as a model for others to facilitate voting in jails in its report earlier this year. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Many people in jail are eligible to vote. But casting a ballot behind bars isn't easy," 30 Oct. 2020 Uniform national policy would really help here—and Congress could require federal agencies to facilitate automatic voter registration in every state. Casey Dominguez, Fortune, "No more gimmicks: How to actually get more young people voting," 8 Oct. 2020 For example, digital technology and mobile payment systems could be used to facilitate and lower the cost of sending and receiving remittances. CNN, "As Covid-19 rages on, countries need to support migrant workers," 27 Sep. 2020 Facebook groups, Al-Azm and Paul found, aren’t just being used to facilitate sales, but to help train a generation of looters, providing a place where members can share techniques, excavation tutorials, and pricing guidelines. Jenna Scatena, The Atlantic, "The Looting Network," 31 July 2020 Last month, the Department of Corrections created an Inmate Ombudsman Office and a hotline to help facilitate the resolution of complaints and other concerns relating to retaliation last month. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "2 prison supervisors fired, 1 charged with aggravated assault on an Arizona inmate," 21 Nov. 2020 Atlas is also there to facilitate the slow, deadly violence of a failed pandemic response. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Scott Atlas, Star Disciple in Trump’s Covid Death Cult," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of facilitate

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for facilitate

probably from Middle French faciliter "to make easy" (borrowed from Italian facilitare, verbal derivative of facilità facility) + -ate entry 4

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The first known use of facilitate was in 1599

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20 Jan 2021

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“Facilitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facilitate. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for facilitate

facilitate

verb
How to pronounce facilitate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of facilitate

formal
: to make (something) easier : to help cause (something)
: to help (something) run more smoothly and effectively

facilitate

verb
fa·​cil·​i·​tate | \ fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtāt How to pronounce facilitate (audio) \
facilitated; facilitating

Kids Definition of facilitate

: to make easier

facilitate

transitive verb
fa·​cil·​i·​tate | \ fə-ˈsil-ə-ˌtāt How to pronounce facilitate (audio) \
facilitated; facilitating

Medical Definition of facilitate

: to increase the likelihood, strength, or effectiveness of (as behavior or a response) reflexes can be facilitated or inhibited also : to lower the threshold for transmission of (an impulse)

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facilitate

transitive verb
fa·​cil·​i·​tate | \ fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtāt How to pronounce facilitate (audio) \
facilitated; facilitating

Legal Definition of facilitate

: to make easier : help bring about a vehicle used to facilitate commission of the offense

Other Words from facilitate

facilitation \ fə-​ˌsi-​lə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce facilitate (audio) \ noun

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