English edit

Etymology edit

English facility +‎ -ate, from French faciliter, from Latin facilis.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /fəˈsɪlɪteɪt/, /fəˈsɪləteɪt/
  • (file)

Verb edit

facilitate (third-person singular simple present facilitates, present participle facilitating, simple past and past participle facilitated)

  1. To make easy or easier.
    • 1960 February, “The first of London's new Piccadilly Line trains is delivered”, in Trains Illustrated, page 94:
      Features such as trackless doors, mercury-type door interlocks, roof-mounted door fault indicator lights, rubber window glazing, improved retractable shoegear and a modified electro-pneumatic brake system designed to facilitate maintenance and improve reliability, which have proved their worth on the prototype trains, are continued in the new stock.
    • 2022 November 30, Paul Bigland, “Destination Oban: a Sunday in Scotland”, in RAIL, number 971, page 75:
      The flatness of the landscape facilitates views right across the Firth of Forth to Fife, before the railway begins to pierce the Edinburgh suburbs.
  2. To help bring about.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling:
      But while she was pursuing this thought the good genius of Sophia, or that which presided over the integrity of Mrs Honour, or perhaps mere chance, sent an accident in her way, which at once preserved her fidelity, and even facilitated the intended business.
  3. To preside over (a meeting, a seminar).

Synonyms edit

  • (to make easy or easier): ease

Antonyms edit

Senses 1 and 2:

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Italian edit

Etymology 1 edit

Verb edit


  1. inflection of facilitare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2 edit

Participle edit

facilitate f pl

  1. feminine plural of facilitato

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Latin edit

Noun edit


  1. ablative singular of facilitās

Romanian edit

Etymology edit

From Latin facilitas through French facilité. Equivalent to facil +‎ -itate.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

facilitate f (plural facilități)

  1. facility

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Verb edit


  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of facilitar combined with te