- to speed up the progress of; hasten: to expedite shipments.
- to accomplish promptly, as a piece of business; dispatch: to expedite one's duties.
- to issue or dispatch, as an official document or letter.
- Obsolete. ready for action; alert.
Origin of expedite
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Examples from the Web for expedite
Holmes seemed to expedite matters promptly, amid rumors that she was frightened of the Church of Scientology.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
October 30, 2014
The U.S. government should expedite their cases while showing some modicum of flexibility in reviewing their documentation.Obama Went to War to Save Them, But They Can’t Get U.S. Visas
Christine van den Toorn, Sherizaan Minwalla
September 28, 2014
Cuellar and Cornyn wanted to expedite the deportation of the kids from Central America.A Texas Democrat Tries to Fix the Border
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
August 19, 2014
They can exacerbate splits within a ruling leadership, foment popular unrest, or expedite a dwindling current account.Why Aren’t Sanctions Stopping Putin?
Meghan L. O’Sullivan
May 13, 2014
To expedite the calendar in the Senate requires something called unanimous consent, and unanimous means unanimous.Senate Debt Ceiling Deal Won’t Mean This Chaos Is Over. Far From It.
October 16, 2013
Why not expedite your proposed visit to him, and tell him personally?Tom Gerrard
The judges had given me a promise to expedite the letter the moment it was written.My Ten Years' Imprisonment
He sat talking till 8.45, and then said he would go and expedite matters.India and the Indians
Edward F. Elwin
Meanwhile we did all in our power to expedite our departure.The Gorilla Hunters
To expedite this proceeding we got another hawser carried on shore.James Braithwaite, the Supercargo
- to hasten the progress of; hasten or assist
- to do or process (something, such as business matters) with speed and efficiency
- rare to dispatch (documents, messages, etc)
- unimpeded or prompt; expeditious
- alert or prepared
Word Origin and History for expedite
late 15c. (implied in past participle expedit), from Latin expeditus, past participle of expedire "extricate, disengage, liberate; procure, make ready, make fit, prepare," literally "free the feet from fetters," hence "liberate from difficulties," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + *pedis "fetter, chain for the feet," related to pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot). Cf. Greek pede "fetter." Related: Expedited; expediting.