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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Resources like Indivisible, OFA, and OurStates supply guides on whom to talk to and how to hold conversations that facilitate actual change, so read up. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "6 Things to Do to Stay Political Now That Midterms Are Over," 8 Nov. 2018 Commercial shops are required to crush or puncture the used filters to facilitate draining. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 The Corriere della Sera believes that the latter sum is actually the commission being paid to those who facilitated the transfer -- principally Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes. Ljubomir Milasin, chicagotribune.com, "Italian media hail Ronaldo transfer as 'dream come true'," 11 July 2018 After an attack in March halted data exchanges from the company, the operators that used their services to facilitate gas deliveries and billing sprang into action. Don Santa, Houston Chronicle, "Commentary: Administration’s action on coal, nuclear solves a problem that doesn’t exist," 5 July 2018 But then the boys’ adoptive parents arranged a meeting at the outfit that facilitated all three adoptions, the Louise Wise Agency. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Three Identical Men and a Mystery," 5 July 2018 Zyburski is accused in U.S. District Court of using a communication facility to facilitate drug trafficking crimes between November and January, according to a complaint unsealed last month. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb attorney accused in drug case to stop campaigning for judgeship," 3 July 2018 Her suit alleged, among other things, that her contract was invalid because American Media used it to facilitate a campaign contribution to Mr. Trump in violation of a federal ban on corporate donations to candidates. WSJ, "Ex-Playmate Alleging Trump Affair to Get Men’s Journal Cover," 27 June 2018 Mediums are professional connectors who facilitate dialogue between the living and the dead. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating With Spirits on the Other Side," 19 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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