[ fuh-sil-i-teyt ]
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verb (used with object),fa·cil·i·tat·ed, fa·cil·i·tat·ing.
  1. to make easier or less difficult; help forward (an action, a process, etc.): Careful planning facilitates any kind of work.

  2. to lead or moderate (a discussion, workshop, etc.), especially as a person trained to do so:An instructor will facilitate the online discussions, providing students with the questions beforehand.

  1. to assist the progress of (a person).

Origin of facilitate

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

Other words from facilitate

  • fa·cil·i·ta·tive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for facilitate


/ (fəˈsɪlɪˌteɪt) /

  1. (tr) to make easier; assist the progress of

Derived forms of facilitate

  • facilitative, adjective
  • facilitator, noun

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