- 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 expedited
The notion that somehow we could have expedited this and Iraq would have trained pilots to fly them by now is not credible.Exclusive: Putin’s Pilots Set to Fly Over Iraq
July 1, 2014
And to pass it by midnight October 17, senators would have to do so on an expedited calendar.Senate Debt Ceiling Deal Won’t Mean This Chaos Is Over. Far From It.
October 16, 2013
That's when Windsor petitioned the Supreme Court to hear her case on an expedited basis.Edie Windsor, the Widow Taking On DOMA
March 27, 2013
And in such cases, he says, theater owners have sometimes quietly agreed to an expedited schedule.Has Disney Gone Mad?
February 24, 2010
Far easier just to waive them temporarily, replaced by expedited processes that allow things to happen.Overregulated America
Philip K. Howard
February 17, 2009
If Monsieur had the idea to cause to be expedited a little billet?The Incomplete Amorist
Their work was expedited for them by reason that already they knew where you carried your valuables.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
At all events, she expedited in every possible manner the wooing and winning of Althea.Hubert's Wife
Minnie Mary Lee
Instead of cheering, however, it alarmed him, and expedited his movements.The Pirate City
The entre was expedited by Beethoven, the joint disappeared to a triumphal march.The Burglars' Club
Henry A. Hering
- 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 expedited
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.