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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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Examples from the web for facilitating
  • facilitating collaborative partnerships to improve bear research, conservation, and husbandry of captive and free-ranging bears.
  • In such a design, heat spreads in all directions from a combustor at the center, facilitating the necessary reactions.
  • The minimalist design is actually a good match for the restaurant's mission of facilitating swift dining.
  • If the process is completely safe, then energy companies should be facilitating research.
  • And it serves as a constant connection to the web, facilitating quick escapes from danger.
  • These experiments will aim at facilitating learning and memory, enhancing creativity and increasing intelligence.
  • As others have pointed out, design simplicity provides fundamental benefits, even beyond facilitating user maintenance.
  • Inflammation encourages satellite cells to flood the muscle facilitating this precess.
  • It provides a useful and timely recipient of goods and services, thus facilitating their movement from the provider.
  • If facilitating good decision-making is the objective, though, simplifying computations is the clear choice.
British Dictionary definitions for facilitating


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



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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