facilitate

[fuh-sil-i-teyt]
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 assist the progress of (a person).

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 facilitative

facilitate

verb
  1. (tr) to make easier; assist the progress of
Derived Formsfacilitative, adjectivefacilitator, noun
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Word Origin and History for facilitative
adj.

1864, from facilitate + -ive.

facilitate

v.

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

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