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
  1. verb
    make easier
    “you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge”
    synonyms: alleviate, ease
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    type of:
    aid, assist, help
    give help or assistance; be of service
  2. verb
    increase the likelihood of (a response)
    “The stimulus facilitates a delayed impulse”
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    type of:
    cause, do, make
    give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
  3. verb
    be of use
    synonyms: help
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    type of:
    contribute or conduce to
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