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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Forward Josh Richardson remains the component of the Butler trade going from the Heat to the 76ers, who had to facilitate the deal with the Heat operating above the salary cap and lacking the cap space to outright sign Butler. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat complete Jimmy Butler acquisition, retaining Dragic, Olynyk, Jones," 2 July 2019 Assuming the sign-and-trade doesn't fall through at the last minute, Butler will sign with the Miami Heat, and because the Heat lack the cap space to sign Butler, the Sixers will get Josh Richardson in return for facilitating the deal. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency Report Card: Grading the Nets, Knicks, 76ers and More from a Crazy Day 1," 1 July 2019 With the Warriors sending Andre Iguodala to Memphis to facilitate the sign-and-trade deal for D'Angelo Russell, the veteran forward could be bought out by a rebuilding Grizzlies team. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "With deal with Rivers in place, Rockets look for next step in free agent market," 1 July 2019 However, the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers were brought in to help facilitate the deal. Allen Kim, CNN, "The Jimmy Butler trade between the 76ers and Heat is a mess. Here's what you need to know," 1 July 2019 The combat phases in Afghanistan and Iraq, targeting the jihadist organizations and their supporting regimes that facilitated anti-American terrorism, were swift and successful. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "For Regime Change in Iran," 29 June 2019 Valencia paid the currency exchanges 3% of the proceeds to facilitate the deals, Csicsila said. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Top female leader under 'El Chapo’ pleads guilty to narcotics, money laundering charges in Chicago," 26 June 2019 Fortunately, there are several websites that can facilitate that transition for our aging parents — and for ourselves. Liz Weston, Dallas News, "Three websites to help you or your aging parents get affairs in order," 25 June 2019 But moves like this predated Buss, with Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar facilitating deals to the Lakers. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "Anthony Davis trade is Lakers succeeding on brand appeal," 18 June 2019

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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

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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