navigate

verb

nav·​i·​gate ˈna-və-ˌgāt How to pronounce navigate (audio)
navigated; navigating

intransitive verb

1
: to travel by water : sail
navigated down to the mouth of the river
2
: to steer a course through a medium
specifically : to operate an airplane
navigate by instrument
3
: get around, move
was well enough to navigate under his own power

transitive verb

1
a
: to sail over, on, or through
able to navigate the deep ocean waters
b
: to make one's way over or through : traverse
navigate the Internet via hypertext links connecting information-rich computers around the world.Stephanie Losee
2
a
: to steer or manage (a boat) in sailing
b
: to operate or control the course of
navigate an airplane

Examples of navigate in a Sentence

For thousands of years, sailors navigated by the stars. How about if you drive and I navigate? I'd need a map to navigate the city. Only flat-bottomed boats can safely navigate the canal. He has learned to navigate in rough waters. The downtown area is easily navigated on foot. She has trouble navigating the stairs with her crutches. It took us 10 minutes to navigate through the parking lot to the exit. The captain navigated the ship. He has had experience navigating airplanes through storms. See More
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of navigate was in 1588

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Cite this Entry

“Navigate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/navigate. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

navigate

verb
nav·​i·​gate ˈnav-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce navigate (audio)
navigated; navigating
1
a
: to travel by water
b
: to sail over, on, or through
navigate the Atlantic Ocean
2
a
: to direct one's course in a ship or aircraft
b
: to control the course of : steer
3
: to make one's way about, over, or through
navigate the new website
navigate the school's halls

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