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 This area was extended from the 25 to the 15 last season to facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announces changes to overtime in football games," 23 Apr. 2021 In addition to storing health information, Denver International Airport used the app for several months to facilitate social distancing, allowing people to reserve 15-minute windows to pass through a dedicated VeriFLY lane for security screening. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "A Guide to Vaccine Passport Apps for American Travelers," 23 Apr. 2021 The church sanctuary has been set up to facilitate social distancing, with signage and areas taped off for those attending regular Sunday services and during Holy Week. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "‘It’s a wonderful thing.’ Harford churches will celebrate Easter in person with COVID precautions," 2 Apr. 2021 By summer, the spectator solution for outdoor events was to severely limit the capacity of venues to facilitate social distancing. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "COVID in Alabama: How the pandemic changed sports, entertainment," 10 Mar. 2021 There will be mask requirements, and tickets will be sold in pods to facilitate social distancing between unrelated groups. Star Tribune, "Fungo golf for Giants pitchers; fans for MLB spring games," 25 Feb. 2021 There also were benches that went two deep, to facilitate social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat back, fans not, as preseason opens in stark AmericanAirlines Arena setting," 14 Dec. 2020 No Buffets: The CDC requires ships to modify meal service and entertainment venues to facilitate physical distancing. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, "Cruises and Covid-19: When U.S. Sailings Could Restart and What Safety Precautions Are Expected," 14 Dec. 2020 Tickets for the event will be limited to facilitate social distancing, and are now available at $30 a piece. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Sample over 50 different wines at this socially distanced Allen event," 27 Oct. 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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“Facilitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facilitate. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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facilitate

verb

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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