Navigate meaning

năv'ĭ-gāt'
To make one's way on or through, esp. in a skillful manner.

To navigate rush-hour traffic, navigate the Internet.

verb
8
3
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.

verb
4
2
To make one's way.

To navigate through a crowded lobby.

verb
1
1
To travel by ship.
verb
1
2
To travel through or over (water, air, or land) in a ship or aircraft.
verb
1
2
Advertisement
To steer or direct (a ship or aircraft)
verb
1
2
To plot the course for (a ship or aircraft)
verb
1
2
(1) "Surfing the Web." To move from page to page on the Web.
1
2
To direct (a vessel or vehicle) over a planned course.
verb
0
2
To steer, or direct, a ship or aircraft.
verb
0
2
Advertisement
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.

verb
0
2
(intransitive) To travel over water in a ship; to sail.

We navigated to France in the dinghy.

verb
0
2
(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.

verb
0
2

Origin of navigate

  • 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
  • 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