facilitate

verb fa·cil·i·tate \ fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtāt \

Definition of facilitate

facilitated; facilitating
transitive verb
:to make easier :help bring about
  • facilitate growth

facilitative

play \fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtā-tiv\ adjective

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Examples of facilitate in a Sentence

  1. The strength of the inner identities that black women forged and nurtured during slavery facilitated the transition to freedom. —Darlene Clark HineLure and Loathing1993
  2. What physical events might have facilitated the evolution of macroscopic animals? —Andrew H. KnollScientific AmericanOctober 1991
  3. 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 EpsteinThe Middle of My Tether1983
  4. Cutting taxes may facilitate economic recovery.

  5. Her rise to power was facilitated by her influential friends.

  6. The moderator's role is to facilitate the discussion by asking appropriate questions.

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of facilitate

see facile


FACILITATE Defined for English Language Learners

facilitate

verb

Definition of facilitate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) easier : to help cause (something)

  • : to help (something) run more smoothly and effectively


FACILITATE Defined for Kids

facilitate

verb fa·cil·i·tate \ fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtāt \

Definition of facilitate for Students

facilitated; facilitating
:to make easier

Medical Dictionary

facilitate

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

medical Definition of facilitate

facilitated; facilitating
: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)

Law Dictionary

facilitate

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

legal Definition of facilitate

facilitated; facilitating
:to make easier :help bring about
  • a vehicle used to facilitate commission of the offense

facilitation

play \fə-ˌsi-lə-ˈtā-shən\ noun


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