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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).
Origin of facilitate
1605-15; facilit(y) + -ate1
Related forms
facilitative, adjective
unfacilitated, adjective
Can be confused
facile, facilitate, facility, felicitate. Unabridged
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  • The work of retouching requires certain appliances to facilitate it, and its own special room or atelier.

  • To facilitate lifting the columns from the molding bed a 1½-in.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • So as to facilitate the work, the strip is at once curved to the rounding of the back.

  • Can you not, occasionally at least, facilitate her attendance at church?

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • Here he was able to maintain a few poor scholars of theology and to facilitate their studies.

    Paris and its Story Thomas Okey
British Dictionary definitions for facilitate


(transitive) to make easier; assist the progress of
Derived Forms
facilitative, adjective
facilitator, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for facilitate

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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