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).
Origin of facilitate
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(tr) to make easier; assist the progress of
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1610s, from French faciliter "to render easy," from Latin facilis "easy" (see facile). Related: Facilitated; facilitates; facilitating.
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