- 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.
A map will help you navigate.
intransitive verbnavigated, navigating
- to steer, or direct, a ship or aircraft
- ☆ Informal to make one's way; walk
- Rare to travel by ship
Origin of navigate; from Classical Latin navigatus, past participle of navigare, to sail ; from navis, a ship (see navy) + 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
verbnav·i·gat·ed, nav·i·gat·ing, nav·i·gates
- a. To plan and direct the course of a vessel or vehicle: sailors navigating by the stars.b. To give directions to the driver of an automobile, especially by reading a map. Used of a passenger: You drive; I'll navigate.c. To know or determine a migratory course. Used of an animal: How do butterflies navigate when they migrate?
- a. To travel over a planned course or route, especially in a boat or ship: The sailors navigated to their favored fishing grounds.b. To make or find a course or way: We navigated through the crowd. The boat navigated through the channel.c. To make sequential progress through something: I navigated through the website without a problem.
- To direct (a vessel or vehicle) over a planned course.
- a. To follow or find a course across, over, or through: navigate a stream; navigate the downtown streets.b. To progress through (something) sequentially: navigate a set of instructions; navigate a website.
Origin of navigateLatin nāvigāre, nāvigāt- : nāvis, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots + agere, to drive, lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present navigates, present participle navigating, simple past and past participle navigated)
- 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.
- (intransitive) To travel over water in a ship; to sail.
- We navigated to France in the dinghy.
- (intransitive, computing) 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.
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.