fa·​cil·​i·​ta·​tor | \ fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtā-tər \

Definition of facilitator

: someone or something that facilitates something especially : someone who helps to bring about an outcome (such as learning, productivity, or communication) by providing indirect or unobtrusive assistance, guidance, or supervision the workshop's facilitator kept discussion flowing smoothly

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Previously, Cortana and search were inseparable, so that clicking the search box used to launch Cortana as a facilitator for searches, reminders, and more. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft separates Cortana from search in new Windows 10 preview build," 16 Jan. 2019 The arrival of another facilitator for rich Russians didn’t raise eyebrows. Max Colchester And Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Hiding Russian Money Was Easy. Quitting Was Harder.," 4 Aug. 2018 Four years ago, that meant becoming more of a facilitator, and easing the team into its Kawhi Leonard era. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Parker ages gracefully, and Spurs benefit," 29 Jan. 2018 The facilitator is Brad, a kind, aggressively tanned guy from Indianapolis who was trained in ayahuasca by a tribe in Peru. Sean Illing, Vox, "What the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life.," 7 Apr. 2018 Much research has focused on social media being a huge waste of time at best, a facilitator of ideological bubbles, and a dangerous, hostile experience for young people at worst. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 Drugs smuggled into the prison by facilitators of the Mexican Mafia leader were required to be sold first, with the proceeds going to that leader. Washington Post, "Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails," 23 May 2018 The facilitator does that and sometimes repeats instructions for confused students as the teacher carries on with the lesson. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "In More High School Classes, the Teacher Is on a Screen," 25 Oct. 2018 The county has been acting as a facilitator among a number of agencies to decide how to address the gap. Philly.com, "After 23 years, grim finances shutter doors of New Visions day shelter in Camden," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of facilitator

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for facilitator

facilitate + -or entry 1

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