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

Heifer wants to help facilitate that growth, making the industry more sustainable for a community where the average annual family income is between $3,000 and $5,000. Emily Price, Fortune, "How Mezcal’s Boom Is Helping Lift Its Makers Out of Extreme Poverty," 20 July 2019 According to the university, members will be paired with Aggie ACHIEVEmates, current students who will help facilitate inclusion in the campus community. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Texas A&M Launches Texas’ First 4-Year College Program for Students with Disabilities," 19 July 2019 British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Saturday that Britain would help facilitate the Grace 1's release if Iran could provide guarantees that the ship's cargo would not go to Syria. Erin Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "UAE-based oil tanker disappears in Iranian waters in the Strait of Hormuz," 16 July 2019 British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Saturday that Britain would help facilitate the Grace 1’s release if Iran could provide guarantees that the ship’s cargo would not go to Syria. Erin Cunningham, BostonGlobe.com, "UAE-based oil tanker disappears in Iranian waters in the Strait of Hormuz," 16 July 2019 British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Saturday that Britain would help facilitate Grace 1’s release if Iran could provide guarantees that the ship’s cargo would not go to Syria. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "UAE oil tanker disappears in Iranian waters in the Strait of Hormuz," 16 July 2019 As part of their most recent deal, Curtis also agreed to create a trust for Harper that contains $250,000, which Maguire would be able to use to purchase a home within 25 miles of Curtis’ own, to help facilitate him spending time with his son. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Nicole Curtis Reveals She Has a New Boyfriend in PDA-Filled Photo Following Legal Battle with Ex," 15 July 2019 The reality, however, is that Victor Oladipo has to be more aggressive in helping facilitate the process. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Is there any hope for small-market teams like the Pacers when it comes to NBA free agency?," 15 July 2019 Oklahoma TE Grant Calcaterra Calcaterra will be tasked with mentoring promising freshman Austin Stogner and helping to facilitate the transition to the school’s third quarterback in three years. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Top 100 College Football Players of 2019: Nos. 100–51," 9 July 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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