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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facilitative \ fə-​ˈsi-​lə-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce facilitate (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 He was meant to make the unreachable families reachable — to connect them to lawyers in the United States who could facilitate their return. Washington Post, 26 July 2021 For more than 20 years, Stanfield has urged federal officials to facilitate reunions for divided families and founded Divided Families USA, formerly known as the National Coalition for the Divided Families. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 25 July 2021 This would give a more accurate picture of the course of the epidemic and would facilitate tracking outcomes by cohorts of cases. Kevin Roche, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 On more sincere reality shows, there are people like Survivor’s Jeff Probst or Phil Keoghan on Amazing Race, hosts who are mostly there to facilitate the game and be enthusiastic about everything. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 16 July 2021 Also in 2015, Valve released its significantly more beloved Steam Link, which would wirelessly facilitate PC gaming on television monitors and mobile devices. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 15 July 2021 University employees, including coaches, cannot create or facilitate NIL opportunities for athletes, nor can boosters. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 13 July 2021 Three Creeks Confluence Park was created in the Glendale neighborhood after unearthing Red Butte, Emigration and Parleys creeks, which had previously been channeled underground to tame nature and facilitate urban development in Utah’s capital. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 July 2021 The local talent brokers who facilitate contract negotiations between players and teams are known as buscones. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 2021

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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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“Facilitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facilitate. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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 facilitate (audio) \ noun

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