from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To speed up the progress of; accelerate.
  • transitive v. To execute quickly and efficiently: was trusted to expedite the directives of the board.
  • transitive v. To issue officially; dispatch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To accelerate the progress of.
  • v. To perform (a task) fast and efficiently.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Free of impediment; unimpeded.
  • adj. Expeditious; quick; speedily; prompt.
  • transitive v. To relieve of impediments; to facilitate; to accelerate the process or progress of; to hasten; to quicken.
  • transitive v. To despatch; to send forth; to issue officially.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To remove impediments to the movement or progress of; accelerate the motion or progress of; hasten; quicken: as, the general sent orders to expedite the march of the army; artificial heat may expedite the growth of plants.
  • To despatch; send forth; issue officially.
  • Synonyms To speed, forward, advance, press on, press forward, urge on, urge forward, drive, push.
  • Cleared of impediments; unobstructed; unimpeded; unencumbered.
  • Ready; quick; expeditious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. process fast and efficiently
  • v. speed up the progress of; facilitate


Latin expedīre, expedīt-, to free from entanglements, make ready; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin expedītus ("unimpeded, unfettered"), perfect passive participle of expediō ("bring forward, set right"). (Wiktionary)


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