Navigate definition

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

To navigate rush-hour traffic, navigate the Internet.

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To make one's way.

To navigate through a crowded lobby.

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(rare) To travel by ship.
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To steer or direct (a ship or aircraft)
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To direct (a vessel or vehicle) over a planned course.
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To give directions to the driver of an automobile, especially by reading a map. Used of a passenger.

You drive; I'll navigate.

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To progress through (something) sequentially.

Navigate a set of instructions; navigate a website.

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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.

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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 plan and direct the course of a vessel or vehicle.

Sailors navigating by the stars.

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To know or determine a migratory course. Used of an animal.

How do butterflies navigate when they migrate?

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To travel over a planned course or route, especially in a boat or ship.

The sailors navigated to their favored fishing grounds.

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To make or find a course or way.

We navigated through the crowd. The boat navigated through the channel.

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To follow or find a course across, over, or through.

Navigate a stream; navigate the downtown streets.

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

We navigated to France in the dinghy.

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(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.

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To travel through or over (water, air, or land) in a ship or aircraft.
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To plot the course for (a ship or aircraft)
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To make sequential progress through something.

I navigated through the website without a problem.

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To steer, or direct, a ship or aircraft.
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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