fa·​cil·​i·​ta·​tor | \ fə-ˈsi-lə-ˌtā-tər How to pronounce facilitator (audio) \

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

Examples of facilitator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was already set to return as the primary facilitator after U-M lost its top three scorers from last season. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "It seems impossible, but Zavier Simpson's Michigan basketball workload is only growing," 25 Jan. 2020 The facilitator of the event, Ryan Ross, explained that the meeting was the first of several hosted by Johnston and the NAACP’s Aurora branch to discuss police accountability and to aid officials in the creation of a new oversight system. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Aurora leaders make moves to replace “toothless” police review board with stronger civilian oversight system," 14 Dec. 2019 With just five assists per game, Green has been a far cry from the elite facilitator who helped power the Warriors to five consecutive Finals appearances. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors look to get Draymond Green more involved as a playmaker," 15 Nov. 2019 Through games or arts and crafts activities, children and teens are encouraged to open up and share with the volunteer facilitators. CNN, "CNN honors 10 men and women for making the world a better place," 30 Oct. 2019 At the program to which I was assigned after my parole, one of the facilitators told me that my twenty-eight years of sobriety meant nothing because I had been incarcerated during all of that time. Kenneth E. Hartman, Harper's magazine, "Life after Life," 16 Sep. 2019 Mr Snowden was one of the facilitators of that omniscience. The Economist, "Edward Snowden’s memoir reveals some (but not all)," 13 Sep. 2019 Makurat has also proven to be a skilled facilitator, leading the team with 22 assists, including three games with at least five. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "UConn women kick off slate against (old) Big East opponents at Seton Hall and possibly without Crystal Dangerfield," 5 Dec. 2019 O’Brien, officials said, sees his role as coordinator and facilitator. Washington Post, "Killing of Soleimani reflects an aggressive national security team not inclined to curb Trump," 12 Jan. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Facilitator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facilitator. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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