expedite

[ ek-spi-dahyt ]
/ ˈɛk spɪˌdaɪt /
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verb (used with object), ex·pe·dit·ed, ex·pe·dit·ing.

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.

adjective

Obsolete. ready for action; alert.

Nearby words

  1. expediency,
  2. expedient,
  3. expediential,
  4. expediently,
  5. expeditate,
  6. expediter,
  7. expedition,
  8. expeditionary,
  9. expeditious,
  10. expel

Origin of expedite

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin expedītus (past participle of expedīre to disengage, set the feet free), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ped- (stem of pēs) foot + -ītus -ite2

SYNONYMS FOR expedite
ANTONYMS FOR expedite
1. delay.

Related formsun·ex·pe·dit·ed, adjective

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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.

  • 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)


British Dictionary definitions for expedites

expedite

/ (ˈɛkspɪˌdaɪt) /

verb (tr)

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)

adjective obsolete

unimpeded or prompt; expeditious
alert or prepared

Word Origin for 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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Word Origin and History for expedites

expedite

v.

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.

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