tr.v. fa·cil·i·tat·ed, fa·cil·i·tat·ing, fa·cil·i·tates
1. To make easy or easier: political agreements that facilitated troop withdrawals.
2. To lead (a discussion), as by asking questions, mediating between opposing viewpoints, or ensuring that all participants' views are heard.
[French faciliter, from Old French, from Italian facilitare, from facile, facile, from Latin facilis; see FACILE.]
fa·cili·ta′tive (-tā′tĭv) adj.
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