Definitions for navigateˈnæv ɪˌgeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nav•i•gateˈnæv ɪˌgeɪt(v.)-gat•ed, -gat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to move on, over, or through (water, air, or land), esp. in a ship or aircraft.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

  2. to direct or manage (a ship, aircraft, spacecraft, etc.) on its course.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

  3. to ascertain or plot and control the course or position of (a ship, aircraft, etc.).

    Category: Navy, Nautical

  4. to pass over (a body of water), as a ship does.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

  5. to walk or to find one's way on, in, or across:

    to navigate the stairs.

  6. (v.i.)to direct or manage a ship, aircraft, spacecraft, etc., on its course.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

  7. to pass over the water, as a ship does.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

  8. to find one's way.

Origin of navigate:

1580–90; < L nāvigātus, ptp. of nāvigāre to sail, der. of nāvis ship

Princeton's WordNet

  1. voyage, sail, navigate(verb)

    travel on water propelled by wind or by other means

    "The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow"

  2. navigate, pilot(verb)

    act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance

    "Is anyone volunteering to navigate during the trip?"; "Who was navigating the ship during the accident?"

  3. navigate(verb)

    direct carefully and safely

    "He navigated his way to the altar"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. navigate(verb)ˈnæv ɪˌgeɪt

    to guide a vehicle using maps and equipment

    to navigate a tanker through the harbor; You drive, I'll navigate.


  1. navigate(Verb)

    To plan, control and record the position and course of a vehicle, ship, aircraft etc on a journey; to follow a planned course.

    He navigated the bomber to the Ruhr.

  2. navigate(Verb)

    To travel over water in a ship; to sail.

    We navigated to France in the dinghy.

  3. navigate(Verb)

    To move from page to page on the internet or within a program by clicking on hyperlinks.

    It was difficult to navigate back to the home page.

  4. Origin: From Middle English navigate, from navigo, from navis + ago, from nau- (boat), possibly, from நாவாய்.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Navigate(verb)

    to joirney by water; to go in a vessel or ship; to perform the duties of a navigator; to use the waters as a highway or channel for commerce or communication; to sail

  2. Navigate(verb)

    to pass over in ships; to sail over or on; as, to navigate the Atlantic

  3. Navigate(verb)

    to steer, direct, or manage in sailing; to conduct (ships) upon the water by the art or skill of seamen; as, to navigate a ship

Translations for navigate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to direct, guide or move (a ship, aircraft etc) in a particular direction

He navigated the ship through the dangerous rocks.

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