verb (used with object), expedited, expediting.
to speed up the progress of; hasten: to expedite shipments.
to accomplish promptly, as a piece of business; dispatch: to expedite one's duties.
to issue or dispatch, as an official document or letter.
Obsolete. ready for action; alert.

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin expedītus (past participle of expedīre to disengage, set the feet free), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ped- (stem of pēs) foot + -ītus -ite2

unexpedited, adjective

1. quicken, push, accelerate, hurry.

1. delay.
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expedite (ˈɛkspɪˌdaɪt)
1.  to hasten the progress of; hasten or assist
2.  to do or process (something, such as business matters) with speed and efficiency
3.  rare to dispatch (documents, messages, etc)
4.  unimpeded or prompt; expeditious
5.  alert or prepared
[C17: from Latin expedīre, literally: to free the feet (as from a snare), hence, liberate, from ex-1 + pēs foot]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from L. expeditus, pp. of expedire "make fit or ready, prepare," lit. "free the feet from fetters," hence "liberate from difficulties," from ex- "out" + *pedis "fetter, chain for the feet," related to pes (gen. pedis) "foot" (see foot). Cf. Gk. pede "fetter." Related:
Expedited; expediting.
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Example sentences
It has expedited the timetable for a public consultation.
Plaintiff requests a hearing on this matter, if necessary, on an expedited
Those rated ineffective for two straight years could be fired in an expedited
The expedited service should not be allowed to further inconvenience the
  ordinary traveler.
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