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Facilitate

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Faci'litate. v.a. [faciliter, French.] To make easy; to free from difficulty; to clear from impediments.

Choice of the likeliest and best prepared metal for the version will facilitate the work. Bacon's Natural History.

They renewed their assault two or three days together, and planted cannon to facilitate their passage, which did little hurt; but they still lost many men in the attempt. Clarendon, b. viii.

Though perspective cannot be called a certain rule, or a finishing of the picture, yet it is a great succour and relief to art, and facilitates the means of execution. Dryden's Dufresn.

What produceth a due quantity of animal spirits, necessarily facilitates the animal and natural motions. Arbuthnot on Diet.

A war on the side of Italy would cause a great diversion of the French forces, and facilitate the progress of our arms in Spain. Swift.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Clarendon, Edward (73) · Dryden, John (788) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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