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.


  1. navigate

    To navigate means to plan, direct, or plot a path or course from one location to another. This term can be used broadly to refer to a variety of contexts including physical travel, interaction with an environment, or management of complex systems or information. It involves making decisions and adjustments to reach a desired destination or goal.

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. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown:

    I just don't see in this room anyone that's going to give you officers from their ward, everyone out here in this room says' we need more cops.' So the rearranging of officers sounds great but you've got to work to navigate the labor contracts and navigate the political landscape of who gives up officers, who agrees to give you cops over their wards.

  2. Frank Porcelli:

    There's never been a more difficult time to navigate financial markets than where we are today.

  3. Martin Tobias Lithner:

    Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change and navigate uncertainty with agility and creativity.

  4. Eric Dore:

    It was the road Napoleon took north to Paris via Grenoble for his big comeback, it's historically unique and easy to navigate, and those who attempt it will get superb vistas over the surrounding countryside of glorious Provence and the Riviera.

  5. Eugene Volokh:

    It's a difficult zone to navigate, do I leave my reputation tarnished or do I say something that might even tarnish my reputation further ?

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