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 Jordan is a key U.S. ally and an important regional facilitator. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "It doesn’t happen here: Why ‘coup plot’ in Jordan sent shock waves," 5 Apr. 2021 West is a terrific facilitator and shooter who can help facilitate U of L's half-court offense, which often was slow and labored during the recent 13-7 (8-5 ACC) season. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball picks up commitment from Marshall guard Jarrod West," 31 Mar. 2021 The Beavers’ two wins in the Big Dance, thanks in large part to top scorer and facilitator Ethan Thompson, proved their run through the Pac-12 tournament was not a fluke. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Predictions for Saturday's NCAA Tournament men's basketball Sweet 16 games," 27 Mar. 2021 In pods like Melissa’s, families share the cost of a teacher, tutor or pod facilitator; in others, parents volunteer to work with the kids. Gina Rich, Good Housekeeping, "My Pandemic Pod Blew Up — As It Turns Out, They Weren't Made to Last," 24 Mar. 2021 Green has become a premier facilitator, averaging 10.6 assists per game in the month of February. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors: Game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 3 Mar. 2021 Under the plan laid out by CPS staff, the city will hire a consultant with expertise in rate design to advise the committee and a facilitator to act as an independent party and help committee members work together. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "CPS board OKs giving the public a bigger voice on San Antonio utility’s rates, energy sources," 14 Dec. 2020 Clark makes a little more impact than Bueckers on the glass and as a facilitator, but Clark has turned it over more, something that can be attributed to a much higher usage percentage. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "By the numbers: Breaking down the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 matchup between UConn women’s basketball’s Paige Bueckers and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark," 26 Mar. 2021 Hield could fill the void and create some of his own long-range looks, taking some of the attention off Doncic as a facilitator. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Bradley Beal? J.J. Redick? Breaking down realistic Mavs trade deadline moves," 8 Mar. 2021

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Facilitator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facilitator. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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