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[ fuh-sil-i-teyt ]

verb (used with object)

, fa·cil·i·tat·ed, fa·cil·i·tat·ing.
  1. to make easier or less difficult; help forward (an action, a process, etc.):

    Careful planning facilitates any kind of work.

  2. to lead or moderate (a discussion, workshop, etc.), especially as a person trained to do so:

    An instructor will facilitate the online discussions, providing students with the questions beforehand.

  3. to assist the progress of (a person).


/ fəˈsɪlɪˌteɪt /


  1. tr to make easier; assist the progress of

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Derived Forms

  • faˈcilitative, adjective
  • faˈciliˌtator, noun

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Other Words From

  • fa·cil·i·ta·tive adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of facilitate1

First recorded in 1605–15; facilit(y) + -ate 1

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Example Sentences

Spiritual gurus who use their power to facilitate sexual encounters with their students are something of a cliché.

Not all hospices will agree to facilitate self-dehydration, so Schwarz refers patients to those that will.

The State Department reportedly said it helped facilitate the transfer.

Sicilian seaports that will facilitate the shipment have already stepped up security measures, especially on incoming vessels.

The research will be used to make advances in robotic technology and facilitate smoother interactions between humans and robots.

They both rose and each carrying his hat in his hand, the better to facilitate "thinking," went silently onward again.

But the gateways have been standing for ages and it would be sacrilege to think of tearing them down to facilitate traffic.

By what right will a machine despise another machine, whose springs would facilitate its own play?

The putative father may be asked to make his payments in such a way as to facilitate the recovery of the loan from the mother.

Every cottager maintained his own light or combination of lights to facilitate identification by approaching visitors.





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