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navigate

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verb nav·i·gate \ˈna-və-ˌgāt\

Simple Definition of navigate

  • : to find the way to get to a place when you are traveling in a ship, airplane, car, etc.

  • : to sail on, over, or through an area of water

  • : to travel on, over, or through (an area or place)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of navigate

navigated

navigating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to travel by water :  sail

  3. 2 :  to steer a course through a medium; specifically :  to operate an airplane

  4. 3 :  get around, move

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to sail over, on, or through b :  to make one's way over or through :  traverse

  7. 2 a :  to steer or manage (a boat) in sailing b :  to operate or control the course of (as an airplane)

Examples of navigate in a sentence

  1. For thousands of years, sailors navigated by the stars.

  2. How about if you drive and I navigate?

  3. I'd need a map to navigate the city.

  4. Only flat-bottomed boats can safely navigate the canal.

  5. He has learned to navigate in rough waters.

  6. The downtown area is easily navigated on foot.

  7. She has trouble navigating the stairs with her crutches.

  8. It took us 10 minutes to navigate through the parking lot to the exit.

  9. The captain navigated the ship.

  10. He has had experience navigating airplanes through storms.



Origin and Etymology of navigate

Latin navigatus, past participle of navigare, from navis ship + -igare (from agere to drive) — more at agent


First Known Use: 1588

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NAVIGATE Defined for Kids

navigate

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verb nav·i·gate \ˈna-və-ˌgāt\

Definition of navigate for Students

navigated

navigating

  1. 1 :  to travel by water <Explorers navigated around the world.>

  2. 2 :  to sail or travel over, on, or through <The crew navigated the river.>

  3. 3 :  to steer a course in a ship or aircraft

  4. 4 :  to steer or direct the course of (as a boat)

  5. 5 :  to find information on the Internet or a Web site





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