[ 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).

Origin of facilitate

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

facile facilitate facility felicitate
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British Dictionary definitions for facilitative


/ (fəˈsɪlɪˌteɪt) /


(tr) to make easier; assist the progress of

Derived Forms

facilitative, adjectivefacilitator, noun
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