What does navigate mean?

Definitions for navigate
ˈnæv ɪˌgeɪtnav·i·gate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. voyage, sail, navigateverb

    travel on water propelled by wind or by other means

    "The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow"

  2. navigate, pilotverb

    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. navigateverb

    direct carefully and safely

    "He navigated his way to the altar"


  1. Navigateverb

    To direct or operate a vehicle, especially a ship or aircraft.

  2. Navigateverb

    To pass through, over, or around; -- used especially of a course having obstacles; as, to navigate around all the randomly scattered tables to the far side of the room.

  3. Navigateverb

    To pass through, over, or around; -- used especially of a course having obstacles; as, to navigate all the randomly scattered tables to the far side of the room.


  1. navigateverb

    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. navigateverb

    To travel over water in a ship; to sail.

    We navigated to France in the dinghy.

  3. navigateverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Navigateverb

    To pass by ships or boats.

    Drusus, the father of the emperor Claudius, was the first who navigated the northern ocean. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

  2. To Navigateverb

    To sail; to pass by water.

    Etymology: navigo; Lat. naviger, Fr.

    The Phœnicians navigated to the extremities of the western ocean. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Navigateverb

    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. Navigateverb

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

  3. Navigateverb

    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

  4. Etymology: [L. navigatus, p. p. of navigare, v.t. & i.; navis ship + agere to move, direct. See Nave, and Agent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Navigate

    nav′i-gāt, v.t. to steer or manage a ship in sailing: to sail upon.—v.i. to go in a vessel or ship: to sail.—ns. Navigabil′ity, Nav′igableness.—adj. Nav′igable, that may be passed by ships or vessels.—adv. Nav′igably.—ns. Navigā′tion, the act, science, or art of sailing ships: shipping generally: a canal or artificial waterway; Nav′igator, one who navigates or sails: one who directs the course of a ship.—Navigation laws, the laws passed from time to time to regulate the management and privileges of ships, and the conditions under which they may sail or carry on trade.—Aerial navigation, the management of balloons in motion; Inland navigation, the passing of boats, &c., along rivers and canals. [L. navigāre, -ātumnavis, a ship, agĕre, to drive.]

Editors Contribution

  1. navigate

    To direct and control an aircraft, ship, vehicle, ferry, boat, ship, train, satellite or other forms of transport using software, technology, computer systems and other specific and accurate elements.

    My husband loves to drive and can navigate easily and effectively.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of navigate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of navigate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of navigate in a Sentence

  1. Jenny Radesky:

    Instead of focusing on questions the child may have about concrete things, ask them questions like' How do you think those people were feeling ? Do you know why they were angry ? What do you do when you feel like something is unfair ?' providing a controlled space to understand what is going on and ways to process it will help children navigate the distressing emotions, helplessness and fear they may be experiencing.

  2. Daniel Post Senning:

    Those are important discussions to have, but they are controversial and require a level of discretion, care and tact to navigate. You have to think about your audience and the potential impact of those discussions.

  3. Archaeologist Julie Schablitsky:

    She would’ve spent time here as a child, but also she would’ve come back and been living here with her father in her teenage years, working alongside him, this was the opportunity she had to learn about how to navigate and survive in the wetlands and the woods. We believe this experience was able to benefit her when she began to move people to freedom.

  4. Suzanne Kerns:

    This is definitely a challenge in their generation, and watching my kids learn how to navigate this is really hard. It is really heartbreaking.

  5. Mark Wahlberg:

    Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world, and although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. defiant
    • B. articulate
    • C. ravening
    • D. butch

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