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[fuh-sil-i-teyt] /fəˈsɪl ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), facilitated, facilitating.
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).
1605-15; facilit(y) + -ate1
Related forms
facilitative, adjective
unfacilitated, adjective
Can be confused
facile, facilitate, facility, felicitate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for facilitated
  • State officials have said that facilitated enrollment makes this kind of cheating easier.
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  • On some campuses, of course, these links can be facilitated by unions.
  • Alsop's social whirl sometimes masked the serious business it facilitated.
  • In theory, it facilitated collaboration and active learning in a way that the individual final exam rarely does.
  • The question is how the evolution of a carapace may have facilitated armadillos in developing such a lifestyle.
  • At the time, it makes economic sense to bid up their salaries, but it is facilitated by these bubble conditions.
  • The spread of the railroad and telegraph facilitated the spread of ideas and activities throughout the country.
  • However, it cannot be facilitated by someone who is still insecure or ambivalent about which race he is in, himself.
  • The economic growth momentum cannot be sustained if urbanisation is not accommodated and facilitated.
British Dictionary definitions for facilitated


(transitive) to make easier; assist the progress of
Derived Forms
facilitative, adjective
facilitator, noun
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Word Origin and History for facilitated



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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