[ ek-spi-dahyt ]
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verb (used with object),ex·pe·dit·ed, ex·pe·dit·ing.
  1. to speed up the progress of; hasten: to expedite shipments.

  2. to accomplish promptly, as a piece of business; dispatch: to expedite one's duties.

  1. to issue or dispatch, as an official document or letter.

  1. Obsolete. ready for action; alert.

Origin of expedite

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Latin expedītus (past participle of expedīre “to disengage, set the feet free”), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ped- (stem of pēs ) foot + -ītus adjective suffix (see -ite2)

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/ (ˈɛkspɪˌdaɪt) /

  1. to hasten the progress of; hasten or assist

  2. to do or process (something, such as business matters) with speed and efficiency

  1. rare to dispatch (documents, messages, etc)

  1. unimpeded or prompt; expeditious

  2. alert or prepared

Origin of expedite

C17: from Latin expedīre, literally: to free the feet (as from a snare), hence, liberate, from ex- 1 + pēs foot

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