expedite

[ek-spi-dahyt] /ˈɛk spɪˌdaɪt/
verb (used with object), expedited, expediting.
1.
to speed up the progress of; hasten:
"to expedite shipments."
2.
to accomplish promptly, as a piece of business; dispatch:
"to expedite one's duties."
3.
to issue or dispatch, as an official document or letter.
adjective
4.
Obsolete. ready for action; alert.
Origin
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
Related forms
unexpedited, adjective
Synonyms
1. quicken, push, accelerate, hurry.
Antonyms
1. delay.
British Dictionary definitions for expedites
expedite (ˈɛkspɪˌdaɪt)
 
vb
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)
 
adj
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 and History for expedites
expedite
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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