facilitate

verb
fa·​cil·​i·​tate | \ fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtāt How to pronounce facilitate (audio) \
facilitated; facilitating

Essential Meaning of facilitate

formal
1 : to make (something) easier : to help cause (something) Cutting taxes may facilitate economic recovery. Her rise to power was facilitated by her influential friends.
2 : to help (something) run more smoothly and effectively The moderator's role is to facilitate the discussion by asking appropriate questions.

Full 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 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 Commonly employed by gaming and social VR companies to manage virtual communities, CMs are visible people who can help facilitate more proactive and democratic decisionmaking processes while keeping both users and developers of VR accountable. Lucy Sparrow, Wired, 19 Oct. 2021 Principals rely on the SROs as teammates and mentors who help facilitate safe and effective learning environments. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2021 Dembrowsky said her team is also working with veterans groups to help facilitate safe passage if and when Mina is deemed eligible and called for processing at an embassy or consulate. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 15 Oct. 2021 Also playing a role in her decision to return to council was to help facilitate a smooth transition for the new administration taking office next year. John Benson, cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021 The State Department in recent weeks created a team across agencies, including the Defense Department, to help facilitate the evacuation of service members’ families and other vulnerable Afghans, according to a spokesman. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Oct. 2021 If budget permits, hire a marketing survey company to help facilitate the outreach and identify the best respondents. Sheryl Seitz, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 These workshops are open to the public and will help facilitate restoration of the Randall Higginbotham Burial Ground on the Wyndham Land Trust’s Nightingale Woods property. courant.com, 8 Oct. 2021 South Korea’s unification ministry on Thursday expressed hope that a resumption of hotline communications will help facilitate progress on a variety of issues between the two countries. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 30 Sep. 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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“Facilitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facilitate. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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)

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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