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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.
Recent Examples of facilitate from the Web
Officials from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which was reviewing a request for an air quality permit for the plant, came to facilitate the meeting.
The Diversity Plan Working Group has been meeting with officials at the Department of Education, which last summer retained an urban planning firm, WXY Studio, to facilitate the process.
Pence was a committed deficit hawk in Congress; Trump has shown little concern with growing the deficit to facilitate his tax cuts and other policy proposals.
The teapot has the extended lower spout, to facilitate pouring.
But the payment went to Cohen's Essential Consultants LLC, the same shell company Cohen set up to facilitate the payoff to Stormy Daniels.
Schafer needs rezoning approval from Glendale officials to facilitate the project.
In the 1950s, parents and teachers at two formerly segregated elementary schools, John Quincy Adams and Thomas P. Morgan sought to facilitate integration there.
North Korea pledged full cooperation with the IAEA, and the U.S. and North Korea agreed to open liaison offices in each other’s countries to facilitate communications.
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Did You Know?
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.
pave the way (for);
FACILITATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of facilitate for English Language Learners
: to make (something) easier : to help cause (something)
: to help (something) run more smoothly and effectively
FACILITATE Defined for Kids
medical Definition of facilitate
- reflexes can be facilitated or inhibited
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