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Definition of facilitate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

facilitate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they facilitate
BrE BrE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪt//
 
he / she / it facilitates
BrE BrE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪts//
 
past simple facilitated
BrE BrE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪtɪd//
 
past participle facilitated
BrE BrE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪtɪd//
 
-ing form facilitating
BrE BrE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fəˈsɪlɪteɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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facilitate something (formal) to make an action or a process possible or easier The new trade agreement should facilitate more rapid economic growth. Structured teaching facilitates learning. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French faciliter, from Italian facilitare, from facile ‘easy’, from Latin facilis ‘easy’, from facere ‘do, make’.Extra examples The use of computers has greatly facilitated the firm’s ability to keep accurate records. Banking secrecy laws need to be lifted in order to facilitate investigation. The smaller meetings will facilitate participation by all staff.
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