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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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 Jess McDonald, the former Department of Children and Family Services director who cut in half the number of children in state care, is among those agency officials are recommending as a possible facilitator. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Morning Spin: Rauner campaign doubles down on Pritzker 'plumbing' attack," 21 June 2018 AUTOMOTIVE Badger Truck Center hired Jeff Frahm as quality improvement facilitator. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New hires, promotions at Wisconsin companies," 14 June 2018 Ware is the math and science facilitator at Williams Elementary. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Williams Elementary teacher honored by Black Educators group," 6 Mar. 2018 William is simultaneously a big-game scorer and a comfortable facilitator. Howard Megdal, New York Times, "Morgan William Is Still Chasing That Perfect Shot," 7 Feb. 2018 Both will serve as facilitators and mentors for the program in the middle and high school this year. Douglas Clark, Post-Tribune, "Impacting writing in local schools," 29 Mar. 2018 Menefee, who served as the facilitator for Tuesday's Browns summit, spoke highly of Helen and her peers in attendance. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "When will Baker Mayfield start for the Browns? (Video)," 14 May 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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