Navigate Definition

navigated, navigates, navigating
navigated, navigates, navigating
To steer, or direct, a ship or aircraft.
Webster's New World
To travel through or over (water, air, or land) in a ship or aircraft.
Webster's New World
To give directions to the driver of an automobile, especially by reading a map. Used of a passenger.
You drive; I'll navigate.
American Heritage
To travel by ship.
Webster's New World
To know or determine a migratory course. Used of an animal.
How do butterflies navigate when they migrate?
American Heritage

Origin of Navigate

  • From Middle English navigate, from Latin navigo, from nāvis (“ship") + agō (“do"), from Proto-Indo-European *nau- (boat), possibly, from Tamil நாவாய் (nāvāi).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin nāvigāre nāvigāt- nāvis ship nāu- in Indo-European roots agere to drive, lead ag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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