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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The group’s mission is to accelerate academic scientific progress and facilitate public engagement with the scientific process. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibit," 12 July 2018 By facilitating scale and specialisation, deeper regional integration would not just boost trade but would make Latin American companies more competitive in global markets. The Economist, "What AMLO portends for Latin America," 5 July 2018 These limited, practical revisions to the Goldwater rule would correct its most severe shortcomings and facilitate psychiatrists’ responsible engagement with our complex society. Leonard L. Glass, STAT, "The Goldwater rule is broken. Here’s how to fix it," 28 June 2018 The fact that an ordinary, even pedestrian technology like a smartphone app is facilitating and even exacerbating this situation in Seattle is paradoxical, given that American technology is such a symbol of wealth and opportunity. Dae Shik Kim Hawkins, The Atlantic, "An App for Ejecting the Homeless," 28 June 2018 South Korean officials say better transport would greatly improve North Korea’s economy by facilitating trade and tourism. Kim Tong-hyung, BostonGlobe.com, "Koreas agree to study ways to improve North’s railways," 27 June 2018 South Korean officials say better transport would greatly improve North Korea’s economy by facilitating trade and tourism. Washington Post, "Koreas agree to improve North Korea’s railways," 26 June 2018 Benches are particularly important for supporting the needs of older adults, facilitating mobility throughout the community and creating places to observe and connect with others. Diana Budds, Curbed, "20 things every city can do to boost the quality of public life," 21 June 2018 Foundation funds were used to, among other things, settle his legal disputes, fulfill his grant pledges, facilitate his campaign's donations, and even decorate one of his golf courses with a motel-art portrait of himself. Jay Willis, GQ, "The Trump Foundation Apparently Donates a Ton of Money to Donald Trump," 14 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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The first known use of facilitate was in 1599

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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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