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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.
Recent Examples of facilitate from the Web
Manheim Detroit offers about 178,000 used vehicles, facilitating transactions representing over $2.1 billion in value each year, Savage said.
The country has been facilitating talks between rebel factions and Moscow over a deal that would end the violence in exchange for the return of state rule in the region surrounding Deraa.
Still, the restaurant employees a limited number of concierges — human employees, that is — to facilitate ordering and operate machinery.
While North and South Korea have facilitated more than a dozen opportunities for family reunions in the past, there is no official channel to connect Korean Americans with their relatives in North Korea.
Officials in Southeast Asia fear Myanmar’s push to drive out predominantly Muslim Rohingya—refugees are shown here at the Bangladesh border in April—has facilitated the rise of extremism in the area.
As the internet and increased computing power have facilitated the accumulation and analysis of vast data, unprecedented vistas for human understanding have emerged.
Mother’s Day is an occasion for Nagy’s appreciation Nagy’s wife, Stacey, has facilitated the coach’s transition from Kansas City this year.
This is not the first initiative Lyft has facilitated to help local musicians.
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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.
pave the way (for);
FACILITATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
medical Definition of facilitate
- reflexes can be facilitated or inhibited
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