- 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 expedites
The fair Nausicaa, though suddenly enamoured of the handsome stranger, conceals her passion and expedites his departure.The Standard Cantatas
George P. Upton
A good sized garden shovel on one side and a big canvas bag on the other expedites bank transactions in the islands.An Ohio Woman in the Philippines
Emily Bronson Conger
He expedites orders for America and Africa, yet could not withhold the slightest of its privileges from the republic of Lucca.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
- 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 expedites
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.