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I'm looking for a word with the meaning that 'rapidise' sounds like it ought to have.

The sentence:

to make the process more rapid

would be replaced with:

to rapidise [sic] the process

I have considered

  • accelerate
  • quicken or hasten
  • expedite

which work, but are not quite right for me. I'll use 'accelerate' in the absence of anything else, though.

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    Can you elaborate on what makes them not quite right? Otherwise we'll all just be stumbling around in the dark (also, quicken as an adjective usually means "bring to life" or "come alive"; that's the pun in The Quick and the Dead: 'cause if you're not quick, you're dead. Get it?)
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 18:50
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    At least you're not considering fasten. Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 18:54
  • What exactly is your specific context? We're likely to speak of expediting a potentially long, drawn-out process (such as applying for certain official documents in certain countries). But you'd probably accelerate something like the proving of bread dough using yeast, if it was taking too long. Or you might quicken your pace if you're not walking fast enough to reach the station before the train leaves. I think the precise context is important, since most people probably wouldn't consider those three words idiomatically equivalent and interchangeable in those three contexts. Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 18:54
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    You can consider the phrasal verb speed up also but the context is important as always.
    – ermanen
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 19:04
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    Speed up is the phrasal verb you need. Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 21:48

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If the context is about altering the mechanics of the process so that the goal is achieved more quickly, you can use streamline or the more generic (but well understood in technology contexts) optimize.

streamline: Merriam-Webster
: to make (something) simpler, more effective, or more productive

optimize: Merriam-Webster
: to make (something) as good or as effective as possible

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  • 'Streamline' works well, thanks. I don't like 'optimise' as much, since it doesn't alone imply 'for speed'.
    – OJFord
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 19:11
  • Neither does streamline, though
    – neontapir
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 20:24
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You may expedite the process.

  • Definition: accelerate or speed up the progress of; accomplish promptly, as a piece of business.

  • Examples: They've asked the judge to expedite the lawsuits. We'll do what we can to expedite the processing of your insurance claim.

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    As stated in my OP..?
    – OJFord
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 2:00
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Dispatch might be the term you're looking for.

dispatch: dispose of rapidly and efficiently.

He dispatched the task he was assigned

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