avi·​ate ˈā-vē-ˌāt How to pronounce aviate (audio) ˈa- How to pronounce aviate (audio)
aviated; aviating

intransitive verb

: to navigate the air (as in an airplane)

Examples of aviate in a Sentence

once humankind learned how to aviate, the world became a much smaller place

Word History


back-formation from aviation

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aviate was in 1887

Dictionary Entries Near aviate

Cite this Entry

“Aviate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aviate. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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