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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One of Amazon’s top choice of products is a bag of dog bones infused with chamomile, which supposedly facilitate deeper sleep. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 The WhatsApp component is new for election projects facilitated by First Draft, which previously designed CrossCheck, its award-winning collaboration focused on the 2017 French election. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Apple crushed Alex Jones — then tossed him a lifeline," 8 Aug. 2018 The indictment says that the hackers took additional steps to conceal their tracks, purchasing Bitcoin using prepaid cards and via peer-to-peer exchanges, which facilitate direct transactions between individuals, often unsurveilled. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Someone Found a Use for Bitcoin. Russian Hackers!," 13 July 2018 The Argentine rescinded his contract with Olimpia, which facilitated his arrival in MLS with the Fire. José Luis Sánchez Pando, chicagotribune.com, "The Chicago Fire reinforce their battered defense," 12 July 2018 Records for high pressure over Greenland were set in 2009-2010, which facilitated the delivery of cold air into the Mid-Atlantic. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "It’s very early, but signs are growing that next winter could be snowy in Washington," 21 June 2018 This is a product which facilitates artistic creativity in a way that tabletop experiences have often lacked. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "DropMix review: Unleash your inner DJ," 26 May 2018 On April 23, both trees were delivered to National Park Service staff, who facilitated the planting at the White House with President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron. Betsy Klein, CNN, "The French 'bromance' tree could be in quarantine for two years," 1 May 2018 Borland has tried to bridge those two populations with his work with the After the Impact Fund, which facilitates custom treatment plans for veterans and athletes with traumatic brain injuries. Josh Dubow, The Christian Science Monitor, "Former NFL player Chris Borland helps athletes and veterans adjust to retirement," 20 Apr. 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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The first known use of facilitate was in 1599

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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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