Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


If Monsieur had the idea to cause to be expedited a little billet?

Their work was expedited for them by reason that already they knew where you carried your valuables.

At all events, she expedited in every possible manner the wooing and winning of Althea.

Instead of cheering, however, it alarmed him, and expedited his movements.

The entre was expedited by Beethoven, the joint disappeared to a triumphal march.

It was ordered that the construction of the Lu-han railway should be expedited.

Let a commission be expedited for the examination of the above letter.

He had a code, and the first letters of new prisoners were now expedited.

Did not Mr. Ker know whether the routes had been expedited or not?

I say to the gentleman that the other routes were not expedited.


late 15c. (implied in past participle expedit), from Latin expeditus, past participle of expedire "extricate, disengage, liberate; procure, make ready, make fit, prepare," literally "free the feet from fetters," hence "liberate from difficulties," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + *pedis "fetter, chain for the feet," related to pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot). Cf. Greek pede "fetter." Related: Expedited; expediting.