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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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 In need of a facilitator at point guard and depth in the frontcourt, Wayne Tinkle and his coaching staff used the 2018 recruiting cycle to address those needs. Andrew Nemec, OregonLive.com, "Antoine Vernon, Canadian PG, commits to Oregon State Beavers," 11 May 2018 Antetokounmpo turned into more of a facilitator Tuesday night as the Celtics adjusted their lineup and packed the paint even more against him. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks must rediscover their offensive mojo to avoid elimination," 25 Apr. 2018 One day, the facilitators handed out a sheet of paper with a list of self-care activities — things like reading for pleasure, playing with children, spending time with significant others, and going to church. Gina Ryder, The Cut, "I Joined a Procrastination Support Group and It Changed My Life," 19 Apr. 2018 Every player given the honor of representing the U.S. on the field or lucky enough to sign a professional contract is introduced to the game by volunteers—the organizers, the educators, the facilitators that make the local game possible. Kyle Martino, SI.com, "Kyle Martino: Reflecting on U.S. Soccer's Election, Our Persisting Youth Issue," 21 Mar. 2018 Then the facilitator had a medical emergency and rather than replace him, the warden stopped the program. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Cash-strapped Florida prison agency wants private vendor to profit from inmate visits," 31 May 2018 Participants in the first Boise growth workshop Wednesday night were seated in groups of about six people each, with a facilitator at each table. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Memo to Mayor Bieter: Your growth-roundtable participants love Boise, not City Hall," 21 June 2018 Lead facilitator Ken Naranja urged them to keep their discussions brief: a one-sentence description of the student, the issue and a decision on who would follow up. Karen De Sa, BostonGlobe.com, "Teens pushed to the brink at ‘leadership’ camps," 18 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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