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 Seeing that players were given less than a week's notice about the start of voluntary workouts, Wade helped to facilitate more discussion among the Bruins. oregonlive, "UCLA football players demand protection from ‘injustices’ as they return to campus amid coronavirus pandemic," 19 June 2020 When Trump Tower was being built, Cohn also introduced Trump to his mafia connections, who helped facilitate construction during a cement workers’ strike. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Roy Cohn’s Final Lesson for Trump," 18 June 2020 The library systems are using an app called Beanstack to help facilitate their virtual summer reading programs, which is for all ages. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Calendar: Events return to Humble area amid coronavirus reopenings," 15 June 2020 More than half the venue’s furniture was stored to help facilitate social distancing, and there was a barrier 7 1/2 feet from the stage to keep the crowd from getting too close to the band. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Mostly maskless music fans welcome concerts back to metro Phoenix bars, clubs and venues," 14 June 2020 Shelter capacity dropped by 77% in order to facilitate social distancing among residents, leaving people with few options other than sleeping outside, according to city data reviewed by The Chronicle. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco strikes deal over Tenderloin lawsuit to clear tents on ‘dangerously crowded sidewalks’," 12 June 2020 Many schools already facilitate name and pronoun changes. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, "Away from school pressures, children who defy gender norms blossom at home," 11 June 2020 Additionally, the bill would more easily facilitate lawsuits to sue police for misconduct and mandate independent investigations of deadly force by law enforcement. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "'Defund the police' movement finds no takers at heated Capitol Hill hearing," 10 June 2020 Fortunately, there are some organisations which are doing their best to facilitate and create a variety of mental health services specifically for Black people. Jessica Morgan, refinery29.com, "A Comprehensive List Of Mental Health Resources For Black Women," 8 June 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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“Facilitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facilitate. Accessed 5 Jul. 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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