What does navigate mean?

Definitions for navigateˈnæv ɪˌgeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word navigate.

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"


  1. Navigate(v. i.)

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

  2. Navigate(v. i.)

    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. Navigate(v. t.)

    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. 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

  4. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Defense Minister Marise Payne:

    We always navigate in a very constructive way in the region.

  2. Gerald G. Jampolsky:

    The best way to navigate through life is to give up all of our controls.

  3. Ali Tehrani:

    I quickly realized I didn't have the skill sets to navigate the bureaucracy in Iran.

  4. Frank Porcelli:

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

  5. Seth Harris:

    Both sides are hemmed in, so they have found a way to navigate the narrow path those laws have carved for them.

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