facilitator

noun
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

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But Astrid is still a facilitator, yet another strong female shoring up her shaky man. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Review: More Smoke Than Fire," 21 Feb. 2019 The Treasury has sought to dissuade companies by periodically blacklisting facilitators and warning other governments to act pre-emptively. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Two Airline Companies for Aiding Iran," 24 Jan. 2019 Walker might be this team’s point guard, but Batum is the Hornets’ top ball-mover and facilitator. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "4 burning questions for the next Hornets coach, including how best to use Malik Monk | Charlotte Observer," 22 Apr. 2018 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

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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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