[syn: help, facilitate]
3. increase the likelihood of (a response);
- Example: "The stimulus facilitates a delayed impulse"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Facilitate \Fa*cil"i*tate\ (f[.a]*s[i^]l"[i^]*t[=a]t), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Facilitated (f[.a]*s[i^]l"[i^]*t[=a]`t[e^]d);
p. pr. & vb. n. Facilitating
(f[.a]*s[i^]l"[i^]*t[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [Cf. F. faciliter. See
To make easy or less difficult; to free from difficulty or
impediment; to lessen the labor of; as, to facilitate the
execution of a task.
To invite and facilitate that line of proceeding which
the times call for. --I. Taylor.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: make easier; "you could facilitate the process by sharing
your knowledge" [syn: facilitate, ease, alleviate]
2: be of use; "This will help to prevent accidents" [syn:
3: increase the likelihood of (a response); "The stimulus
facilitates a delayed impulse"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
55 Moby Thesaurus words for "facilitate":
act for, advance, advantage, aid, assist, be instrumental, boost,
clear the way, conduce to, contribute to, ease, encourage,
expedite, explain, favor, forward, further, go between, grease,
grease the ways, grease the wheels, hasten, help, help along,
lend wings to, loose, lubricate, make clear, make for,
make way for, mediate, minister to, oil, open the way, open up,
pave the way, prepare the way, promote, push forward, put forward,
quicken, remove friction, run interference for, serve, set forward,
simplify, smooth, smooth the way, soap the ways, speed, subserve,
unbar, unblock, unclog, unjam