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 facilitative (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 The meeting was facilitated by detectives and agents from the Air Force Office of Investigations, the release stated. Ryan Vlahovich, azcentral, "Brother of Luke AFB airman charged with murder is arrested in Surprise," 4 May 2020 Romanchuk's development has been facilitated by his core training group and the university's facilities and rollers — wheelchair versions of treadmills – which are adapted to simulate hill training. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Working Out From Home: How reigning Boston Marathon wheelchair champ created international Zoom event," 4 May 2020 The increased mildness of HCoV-OC43 may have been facilitated in part by the deletion of 290 base pairs of the virus’s RNA near the spike gene, which allows a virus to penetrate and infect its host’s cells. Quanta Magazine, "What Other Coronaviruses Tell Us About SARS-CoV-2," 29 Apr. 2020 All communication and payment is facilitated through the Rover app. cleveland, "8 ways to earn extra income (mostly from home) during the coronavirus pandemic," 24 Apr. 2020 Test screening, scheduling and patient's results will be facilitated through a partnership with Verily's Project Baseline. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Rite Aid expands Covid-19 self-swab, drive-thru testing with seven new locations," 18 Apr. 2020 The trend, focused largely on software companies or online businesses, has been facilitated by cloud computing, which gives anyone with an internet connection and a credit card access to almost unlimited computing power. Craig S. Smith, New York Times, "Seeking New Businesses and Better Lives, Investors on the Coasts Move Inland," 15 Apr. 2020 Serta’s donation is valued at $2 million and is being facilitated through its relationship with Relief Bed International, a nonprofit organization that provides beds to impoverished people and disaster victims around the world. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Georgia-based mattress company sending thousands of mattresses to New York hospitals," 27 Mar. 2020 Tamara Simpson In the rare instances that family members did come to the hospital to see a dying patient, conversations that normally were private had to be facilitated by medical workers. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "A last resort against COVID-19," 26 Apr. 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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13 May 2020

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“Facilitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facilitate. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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facilitate

verb
How to pronounce facilitate (audio)

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 facilitation (audio) \ noun

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