- 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 expediting
Forget about President Obama expediting U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan this year.Why Obama Won’t Speed U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan
Leslie H. Gelb
March 19, 2012
You would think that the Pentagon brass would be expediting the full opening of a new brain trauma facility in Bethesda, Maryland.The Pentagon's New Disservice to Soldiers
Leslie H. Gelb
July 24, 2010
Remain as you are, monsieur, and give the time to expediting our supper.The Queen's Necklace
Alexandre Dumas pre
It had only the effect, as far as we could judge, of expediting the movements of the fugitives.With Axe and Rifle
After this go into Committee, and succeed in not expediting progress.
This apprehension had the effect of expediting matters considerably.Twelve Years a Slave
If this were really the only object, then every plan for expediting the acquisition would be received with grateful approbation.
- 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 expediting
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.