expedite

[ ek-spi-dahyt ]
/ ˈɛk spɪˌdaɪt /

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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM expedite

un·ex·pe·dit·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for expedite

  • 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 expedite

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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