Definition of expedite in US English:



[with object]
  • Make (an action or process) happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly.

    ‘he promised to expedite economic reforms’
    • ‘This comprehensive understanding is often the best defense in maintaining skin integrity, controlling costs, and expediting the healing process.’
    • ‘The 2008 Games are simply expediting development and giving a sharp focus to development programmes.’
    • ‘That process was expedited with the help of the veteran crew chief.’
    • ‘Asked whether the issue of expediting the peace process was discussed, he said India favoured a sustained and steady process.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Transportation says it wants to encourage everyone to use the pre-paid ticket books, because this expedites the toll-paying process.’
    • ‘As a result, the demand for advanced military technology expedited the development of defense production.’
    • ‘Make sure you have his social-security number so that you can expedite the filing process.’
    • ‘To expedite this process, we have compiled a list of authoritative Web site resources on these subjects.’
    • ‘In turn, this should improve the success rate for new styles and expedite the product development process.’
    • ‘The company also emphasized the importance of foreign capital, entrepreneurship, and technology in expediting the development process.’
    • ‘From extracting gold powder from riverbeds by using mercury to the open-pit mining, man has come long way in refining and expediting the process of extraction.’
    • ‘To expedite the process, you must know what you're looking for and how much you're willing to spend.’
    • ‘It really is one further part in the process of reform and of expediting the development of our land transport system in New Zealand.’
    • ‘This intimate knowledge expedites the decision-making process and ultimately saves time and money.’
    • ‘Time is of the essence and a board meeting was held yesterday in an attempt to expedite the process.’
    • ‘Cross-party negotiations were more relevant in expediting the legislative process.’
    • ‘Apart from expediting the corporatisation process in the film industry, it needs to nurture a habit of ploughing back earnings, he said.’
    • ‘Foreign aid can also have a role, but mainly only to expedite this growth once it starts.’
    • ‘Welcoming the judgment, it said it would liaise with all the relevant institutions to expedite the process.’
    • ‘Late last month, Washington rejected Ottawa's request that the determination process be expedited.’
    speed up, accelerate, hurry, hasten, step up, quicken, precipitate, rush
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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘perform quickly’): from Latin expedire ‘extricate (originally by freeing the feet), put in order’, from ex- ‘out’ + pes, ped- ‘foot’.