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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.
  3. to issue or dispatch, as an official document or letter.
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  1. 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
Related formsun·ex·pe·dit·ed, adjective


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1. delay.
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verb (tr)
  1. to hasten the progress of; hasten or assist
  2. to do or process (something, such as business matters) with speed and efficiency
  3. rare to dispatch (documents, messages, etc)
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adjective obsolete
  1. unimpeded or prompt; expeditious
  2. alert or prepared
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Word Origin

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 expediting



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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