facilitate

[ fuh-sil-i-teyt ]
/ fəˈsɪl ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used with object), fa·cil·i·tat·ed, fa·cil·i·tat·ing.

to make easier or less difficult; help forward (an action, a process, etc.): Careful planning facilitates any kind of work.
to assist the progress of (a person).

Nearby words

  1. facile,
  2. facile princeps,
  3. facilely,
  4. facilis descensus averni,
  5. facilis descensus averno,
  6. facilitation,
  7. facilitative,
  8. facilitator,
  9. facilities,
  10. facility

Origin of facilitate

First recorded in 1605–15; facilit(y) + -ate1

Related formsfa·cil·i·ta·tive, adjectiveun·fa·cil·i·tat·ed, adjective

Can be confusedfacile facilitate facility felicitate

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British Dictionary definitions for facilitate

facilitate

/ (fəˈsɪlɪˌteɪt) /

verb

(tr) to make easier; assist the progress of
Derived Formsfacilitative, adjectivefacilitator, noun

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Word Origin and History for facilitate

facilitate

v.

1610s, from French faciliter "to render easy," from Latin facilis "easy" (see facile). Related: Facilitated; facilitates; facilitating.

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