from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To speed up the progress of or execute quickly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Cleared of impediments; unobstructed; unimpeded; unencumbered.
  • Ready; quick; expeditious.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Latin expedīre, expedīt-, to free from entanglements, make ready; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin expedītus ("unimpeded, unfettered"), perfect passive participle of expediō ("bring forward, set right").


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