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Dictionary Definition



1 speed up the progress of; facilitate; "This should expedite the process" [syn: hasten]
2 process fast and efficiently; "I will try to expedite the matter"

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From expeditus, participle of expedio


  1. To accelerate the progress of.
    He expedited the search by alphabetizing the papers.
  2. To process (a task) fast and efficiently.


to accelerate the progress of something
  • Finnish: jouduttaa, kiirehtiä, nopeuttaa
  • German: beschleunigen
  • Greek: επισπεύδω (epispévdo), διευκολύνω (diefkolíno)
  • Polish: przyspieszyć
to process something fast and efficiently
  • Finnish: kiirehtiä
  • Greek: επισπεύδω (epispévdo)



From expeditus, participle of expedio


  1. freely, without impediment.
  2. readily, promptly, quickly

Related terms


  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

Extensive Definition

Saint Expeditus (or Elpidius However, another version of the story maintains that Expédit acquired his name through his expeditious help in placing vengeful curses. Decapitated statues of the saint are often found, the defacement inflicted in anger for a request not carried out or in order to break an existing curse. A thousand hymns to glorious Expeditus, Who shed his blood in Armenia, Whose name was written in the sky, And gained the laurel of martyrdom. —Hymn to Saint Expeditus Veneration in Chile is said to have begun when a devotee of Expeditus (or locally, San Expedito) brought an image of him to Viña del Mar, one of the most popular beach cities of Chile. She then petitioned some local priests for help to have a small church built for him. It is said that the idea was initially rejected by the local authorities, but the priests and the devout lady prayed to Expeditus, and in less than nine days they had the approval. Since then, the cult of San Expedito has become increasingly popular in Chile; from rich to poor, people pray novenas to him, and the shrine in the Reñaca sector of Viña is a rather popular pilgrimage site, especially during summer.


Further reading

  • A booklet that contains a prayer and novena litany to the saint: Catholic Prayers


expedite in German: Expedit
expedite in Spanish: Expedito
expedite in French: Saint Expédit
expedite in Italian: Sant'Espedito di Melitene
expedite in Polish: Ekspedyt
expedite in Portuguese: Santo Expedito
expedite in Romanian: Santo Expedito
expedite in Scots: Expeditus

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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