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

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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 President Donald Trump has promoted uranium mining in general and has enacted policies to facilitate it, often citing national security. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Biden says he opposes uranium mining around Grand Canyon, citing importance to tribes," 7 Aug. 2020 Various additional documents may be requested to facilitate assistance. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 7 Aug. 2020 Health experts are concerned that school ventilation systems could facilitate the spread of COVID-19 when students return to school. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "COVID-19 could quickly spread in schools without adequate AC system, report warns," 5 Aug. 2020 The $30 million in CARES Act funding also allows UAB and the Alabama Department of Public Health to work with numerous private vendors to facilitate the testing and results. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Testing every college student in Alabama shouldn’t add to backlog, officials say," 5 Aug. 2020 While the president and vice president are exempt, any White House or government employee who helps facilitate campaign activity risks breaking federal law. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "Biden won't be traveling to Milwaukee for convention - Daily Trail Markers," 5 Aug. 2020 Despite these encouraging reports, strategic media campaigns to facilitate these changes have yet to emerge in this health crisis. Kelly Lambert, Scientific American, "Can a Cartoon Raccoon Keep Schoolkids Safe from COVID-19?," 4 Aug. 2020 Facilities have the responsibility to facilitate communication with a resident virtually, either by phone or videoconference. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "Texas advocate for nursing home-residents explains why nursing homes became hot spots for coronavirus," 31 July 2020 Students share toys, remotes, computers, restrooms, chairs, and travel in tight hallways, so schools may indeed facilitate the spread of the disease. USA Today, "Should I send my child back to school? This is the latest science on coronavirus and kids," 29 July 2020

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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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11 Aug 2020

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“Facilitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facilitate. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for facilitate

facilitate

verb
How to pronounce facilitate (audio)

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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