nav·​i·​ga·​tor | \ ˈna-və-ˌgā-tər How to pronounce navigator (audio) \

Definition of navigator

: one that navigates or is qualified to navigate

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Examples of navigator in a Sentence

The crew includes a copilot and a navigator. Would you be willing to act as navigator while I drive? The ship is equipped with a satellite navigator.
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Ledge Light Health District teamed with Alliance for Living, a health services agency, and hired street-wise recovery navigators to help people with opioid use disorder. Steve Hamm,, "Fentanyl crisis prompt calls for more aggressive treatment and prevention of opioid abuse," 28 June 2019 The company has a giant warehouse crammed with C-47 parts, and the restoration required pieces like a drift meter, a celestial dome, and a complete navigator’s station. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Return of 'That’s All, Brother': The Plane That Led the D-Day Invasion," 4 June 2019 Assembly Bill 121 would allow the finance committee to fund housing navigators — specialists who connect tenants with homelessness programs, recruit landlords to participate in them and work out disputes between tenants and landlords. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Assembly approves bills on homelessness, regulation of 5G technology," 18 June 2019 The city already employs housing navigators to help homeless people find permanent residences , but Humphrey said people in those jobs do a variety of other tasks, including helping people meet their basic needs. Hayne Palmour Iv / San Diego Union-tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, "City team recommends improvements to bridge shelter tents," 10 June 2019 For neuroscientists, the new work seems to offer important clues about how grid cells in living brains make us better navigators. John Rennie, WIRED, "Artificial Neural Nets Grow Brainlike Cells to Find Their Way," 13 May 2018 For neuroscientists, the new work seems to offer important clues about how grid cells in living brains make us better navigators. Quanta Magazine, "Artificial Neural Nets Grow Brainlike Navigation Cells," 9 May 2018 New computers and data input panels replace analog instruments, and a new laser inertial navigation system, GPS and Russian GLONASS satellite navigation systems allow the elimination of the original human navigator. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Still Selling the World’s Largest Helicopter, 40 Years After First Flight," 16 Apr. 2019 Snohomish and Kitsap counties expect to hire housing navigators this year. Allegra Abramo, The Seattle Times, "Youth often become homeless just after leaving juvenile detention. Can Washington state really stop it?," 29 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of navigator

1574, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of navigator was in 1574

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English Language Learners Definition of navigator

: a person who finds out how to get to a place : a person who navigates a ship, an airplane, etc.
: a device (such as a computer) that is used to plan or find the route to a place


nav·​i·​ga·​tor | \ ˈna-və-ˌgā-tər How to pronounce navigator (audio) \

Kids Definition of navigator

: an officer on a ship or aircraft responsible for directing its course

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