Definition of facilitate in English:

facilitate

verb

[with object]
  • Make (an action or process) easy or easier.

    ‘schools were located in the same campus to facilitate the sharing of resources’
    • ‘The whole idea of this is to facilitate the easy movement of through traffic and allow the town to flourish.’
    • ‘Vineyards are commonly ripped before planting which facilitates drainage.’
    • ‘There was remarkable political consensus on this initiative facilitating the speedy adoption of the text.’
    • ‘The centre is now a focal point for the community and has facilitated the growth of tourism in South Sligo.’
    • ‘The consent process is facilitated by face to face interviews with a trained nurse.’
    • ‘This is key to facilitating adoption of technology that supports nurses in their practice.’
    • ‘Fatty acids have been used previously to facilitate the absorption of drugs by cells.’
    • ‘The tutor facilitates emergence of specific learning outcomes established by the instructor.’
    • ‘A start was made by encouraging and facilitating the recycling of tins and bottles.’
    • ‘The gardener had had to spray gasoline on them to facilitate combustion, and the smell was unpleasant.’
    • ‘The material is organised in a reader-friendly manner facilitating easy reference.’
    • ‘The air bleed in the ballast tank facilitated maintenance of a constant pressure.’
    • ‘Tables in each chapter are offset in light blue which facilitates retrieval of information.’
    • ‘The data bank allows states to find out if a licence to practise has been revoked by another state and thus facilitates the licensing process.’
    • ‘Moreover, online pharmacies can bolster patient compliance rates by facilitating the refill process.’
    • ‘These activities can facilitate product development in markets where the risks are high.’
    • ‘So, this move has to be seen as a first step towards facilitating the process of computerisation.’
    • ‘Often the entire base of the bamboo clump is set on fire to facilitate the easy removal of dead bamboo.’
    • ‘Funding was aimed at facilitating development not limiting it.’
    • ‘Labour laws were to be changed to make it easier to fire workers, facilitating the closures.’
    make easier, make easy, ease, make possible, make smooth, make smoother, smooth, smooth the path of, smooth the way for, clear the way for, open the door for
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Origin

Early 17th century: from French faciliter, from Italian facilitare, from facile ‘easy’, from Latin facilis (see facile).

Pronunciation

facilitate

/fəˈsɪlɪteɪt/