Definition of navigate
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>
1a : 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>
2a : to steer or manage (a boat) in sailingb : to operate or control the course of (as 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.
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
NAVIGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of navigate for English Language Learners
: 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)
NAVIGATE Defined for Kids
Definition of navigate for Students
1 : to travel by water <Explorers navigated around the world.>
2 : to sail or travel over, on, or through <The crew navigated the river.>
3 : to steer a course in a ship or aircraft
4 : to steer or direct the course of (as a boat)
5 : to find information on the Internet or a Web site
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