To facilitate means to make something easier. If your best friend is very shy, you could facilitate her efforts to meet new people.

Facilitate comes from the Latin facilis, for "easy." It means to make something easier or more likely to happen. You facilitate growth or a process, as opposed to, say, dinner. Often in business meetings someone will be assigned to facilitate a discussion so people don't just sit in awkward silence. Synonyms are ease, simplify, expedite, and assist.

Definitions of facilitate

v make easier

“you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge”
alleviate, ease
Type of:
aid, assist, help
give help or assistance; be of service

v increase the likelihood of (a response)

“The stimulus facilitates a delayed impulse”
Type of:
cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

v be of use

Type of:
contribute or conduce to

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