- To navigate is to plan your course or to steer, guide or move through something.
- When you draw out a route to take on a map, this is an example of a time when you navigate.
- When you steer and guide a ship to its destination, this is an example of a time when you navigate.
- When you move through a crowd carefully, this is an example of a time when you navigate the crowd.
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- to steer, or direct, a ship or aircraft
- ☆ Informal to make one's way; walk
- Rare to travel by ship
Origin: from Classical Latin navigatus, past participle of navigare, to sail from navis, a ship (see navy) plush agere, to lead, go (see act)
- to travel through or over (water, air, or land) in a ship or aircraft
- to steer or direct (a ship or aircraft)
- to plot the course for (a ship or aircraft)
- Informal to walk or make one's way on or through
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verb nav·i·gat·ed, nav·i·gat·ing, nav·i·gates verb, transitive
- To plan, record, and control the course and position of (a ship or aircraft).
- To follow a planned course on, across, or through: navigate a stream.
- To control the course of a ship or aircraft.
- To voyage over water in a boat or ship; sail.
- a. To make one's way: navigated with difficulty through the crowd.b. Informal To walk: He was too unsteady on his legs to navigate.
Origin: Latin nāvigāre, nāvigāt- : nāvis, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots + agere, to drive, lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
navigate - Computer Definition
(1) "Surfing the Web." To move from page to page on the Web.
(2) To move through the menu structure in a software application.
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