Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To make easy or easier: political agreements that facilitated troop withdrawals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make easy or easier.
  • v. To help bring about
  • v. To preside over (a meeting, a seminar)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make easy or less difficult; to free from difficulty or impediment; to lessen the labor of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make easy; render less difficult; free wholly or partially from difficulty or impediment; lessen the labor of: as, to facilitate learning by suitable appliances.

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

  • v. make easier
  • v. increase the likelihood of (a response)
  • v. be of use

Etymologies

French faciliter, from Old French, from Italian facilitare, from facile, facile, from Latin facilis; see facile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • At one point during the interrogation he was visited by three FBI agents who asked similar questions and agreed to "facilitate" his release if he would provide them information.

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  • Ambassador Margaret Scobey that the shift was made to "facilitate" better relations with Egypt's government.

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  • Graham, who represents several neighborhoods with high concentrations of Hispanic residents, said the legislation would "facilitate" the granting of drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.

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  • Beijing was particularly irked by her offer to have Washington "facilitate" such initiatives.

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  • RBS, which under law is required to give its consent to make details of the investigation public, said Wednesday that it will "facilitate" the publication, "subject to any necessary commercial constraints."

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  • There were "serious failings" by the prison authorities which did "facilitate" Wright's death, he said, but they were result of "negligence" and were not intentional.

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  • According to the White House press office, Jared Bernstein, chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden, will "facilitate" the town hall, posing selected questions to the president and even teeing up video queries.

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