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See also: expedité
From Latin expedītus (“unimpeded, unfettered”), perfect passive participle of expediō (“bring forward, set right”).
expedite (third-person singular simple present expedites, present participle expediting, simple past and past participle expedited)
- (transitive) To accelerate the progress of.
- He expedited the search by alphabetizing the papers.
- 1960 June, “British cars go by rail: I-The L.M.R. wins new Anglo-Scottish traffic”, in Trains Illustrated, page 335:
- […] moreover, there are times of pressure when, to expedite deliveries, cars may be driven in what should otherwise be the running-in period at speeds that do them no good - and over long distances too.
- (transitive, by extension) To perform (a task) fast and efficiently.
- To perform the duties of an expediter.
process fast and efficiently
expedite (comparative more expedite, superlative most expedite)
- Free of impediment; unimpeded.
- 1594–1597, Richard Hooker, J[ohn] S[penser], editor, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie, […], London: […] Will[iam] Stansby [for Matthew Lownes], published 1611, →OCLC, (please specify the page):
- to make the way plain and expedite
- Expeditious; quick; prompt.
- 1671, John Tillotson, “Sermon IV. The Advantages of Religion to Particular Persons. Psalm XIX. 11.”, in The Works of the Most Reverend Dr. John Tillotson, Late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury: […], 8th edition, London: […] T. Goodwin, B[enjamin] Tooke, and J. Pemberton, […]; J. Round […], and J[acob] Tonson] […], published 1720, →OCLC:
- nimble and expedite […] in its operation
- 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], “Of other simple Modes”, in An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Eliz[abeth] Holt, for Thomas Basset, […], →OCLC, book II, § 7, page 111:
- […] Speech in general (which is a very ſhort and expedite way of conveying their Thoughts one to another) […]
- Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “expedite”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
From expedītus (“unimpeded, unfettered”), perfect passive participle of expediō (“liberate, free”).
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ek.speˈdiː.teː/, [ɛks̠pɛˈd̪iːt̪eː]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ek.speˈdi.te/, [ekspeˈd̪iːt̪e]
expedītē (comparative expedītius, superlative expedītissimē)
- “expedite”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- “expedite”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- expedite in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
- second-person singular voseo imperative of expedir combined with te
- inflection of expeditar:
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