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Middle French, French faciliter to make easy (mid 15th century.
- 1.To make (an action, process, etc.) easy or easier; to promote, help forward; to assist in bringing about (a particular end or result).
- b. To make simpler or less difficult to understand; to simplify. Obs.
- 2. To assist (a person); to enable or allow (a person) to do something, achieve a particular result, etc., more easily.
- 3. Physiology. To enhance or strengthen (a reflex or other neuromuscular or neural activity), or increase the ease of transmission of (a nerve impulse), by prior excitation.
- A person who takes on such a role is called a facilitator. Specifically:
- A facilitator is used in a variety of group settings, including business and other organisations to describe someone whose role it is to work with group processes to ensure meetings run well and achieve a high degree of consensus.
- The term facilitator is used in psychotherapy where the role is more to help group members become aware of the feelings they hold for one another (see Group psychotherapy)
- The term facilitator is used in education to refer to a specifically trained adult who sits in class with a disabled, or otherwise needy, student to help them follow the lesson that the teacher is giving