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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 facilitates
  • They don't make music you can dance to, though it facilitates nodding.
  • Each dollar spent on new infrastructure pays off in the work in facilitates.
  • The climate is subtropical, so it facilitates their survival and reproduction.
  • For me, good design facilitates the adoption of new ideas.
  • Maybe holding a medium in one's hands facilitates memory and understanding.
  • Acquisition of chemical recognition cues facilitates integration into ant societies.
  • It facilitates chemical reactions, but it can also destroy the products of those reactions.
  • It facilitates communication and cuts down on needless verbal confusions.
  • Such ethical behavior facilitates civilized living and improves the quality of life for everyone.
  • It greatly facilitates that process to use words with precise technical meanings when they are called for.
British Dictionary definitions for facilitates


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



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

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