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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 cocoons were then put in hot water to facilitate the difficult and tedious task of extracting the silk.
  • It was designed to facilitate the movement of material during construction of the dam.
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  • Paper was important not to facilitate creative collaboration and thought but as an instrument of control.
  • In order to facilitate the description, each subclavian artery is divided into three parts.
  • The power being given, it is the interest of the nation to facilitate its execution.
  • Magnifying their difficulties will not take them off our hands nor facilitate their adjustment.
  • Another play on words will facilitate the transition to a new subdivision of the technique of double meaning.
  • The tiger's lifestyle helped facilitate that rapid migration.
British Dictionary definitions for facilitate


(transitive) to make easier; assist the progress of
Derived Forms
facilitative, adjective
facilitator, noun
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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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