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. Peter Orszag:

    Periods of turmoil underscore the value of a trusted adviser and a global platform that spans not only M&A but also restructuring and sovereign advisory, we remain active advising clients as they navigate the drivers of how long the crisis will last, how they should adjust their balance sheets, and what else they should be doing to respond.

  2. Jonah Berger:

    Whether you’re a nonprofit organization with no marketing budget or a small business owner with a great new service, knowing how to generate word-of-mouth will help you make your product, service or idea succeed, and even if you don’t have anything you want to catch on, understanding how word of mouth works will help you better navigate the world around you.

  3. David Vigilante:

    In short, all the tools lawyers use every day to navigate these situations were refused to us.

  4. Donna Lou:

    Eric was our purpose in life. He depended upon us, his parents, to help him navigate through this confusing world, not being able to see him or hear his voice has been devastating to us.

  5. Didier Trinh:

    [ The PPP ] was lacking in equitable access since the beginning. The PPP -RSB-'s not The PPP -RSB- to navigate.

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