facilitate

verb
fa·cil·i·tate | \fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtāt \
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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for facilitate

Synonyms

ease, grease, loosen (up), smooth, unclog

Antonyms

complicate

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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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The hirings come amid an ongoing campaign by Ripple to persuade the financial industry to use XRP—a cryptocurrency of which Ripple owns enormous stores—to facilitate cross-border payments. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Ripple Hires Facebook Payments Exec and Names New CTO," 11 July 2018 Division 2 East Wayland 17, Groton-Dunstable 8 — Jackie Stoller excelled in both facilitating and playmaking roles, helping Wayland capture the title. Jake Levin, BostonGlobe.com, "Sydney Scales, Audra Tosone (five goals apiece) lead undefeated Walpole in lacrosse," 14 June 2018 The study, published in the Journal of Urban Health earlier this month, found gangs played a vital role in facilitating access to guns. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "Illegal guns 2 or 3 'handshakes' away from Chicago arrestees, research shows," 23 May 2018 Or did Nader, Prince, and the Gulf States play a central role in facilitating a corrupt deal with Russia? Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the New Times Report on the Gulf Meeting Is Freaking Trump Out," 21 May 2018 Soccer Addicts is facilitating outdoor pick-up soccer at the Brookfield Indoor Soccer Complex, 19485 W. Lisbon Road, Brookfield. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shop fresh foods and artisan works in Wauwatosa farmer's market," 28 May 2018 The group’s mission is to accelerate academic scientific progress and facilitate public engagement with the scientific process. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibit," 12 July 2018 By facilitating scale and specialisation, deeper regional integration would not just boost trade but would make Latin American companies more competitive in global markets. The Economist, "What AMLO portends for Latin America," 5 July 2018 These limited, practical revisions to the Goldwater rule would correct its most severe shortcomings and facilitate psychiatrists’ responsible engagement with our complex society. Leonard L. Glass, STAT, "The Goldwater rule is broken. Here’s how to fix it," 28 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for facilitate

facilitate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of facilitate

: 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 \
facilitated; facilitating

Kids Definition of facilitate

: to make easier

facilitate

transitive verb
fa·cil·i·tate | \fə-ˈsil-ə-ˌtāt \
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 \
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 \ noun

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