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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The society recently received a $1.5 million grant from the Merck Foundation to offer coach training to patient navigators at cancer centers. Barbara Sadick, WSJ, "Cancer Coaches Help Guide Patients During and After Treatment," 16 Sep. 2018 Several key elements of the book resembled incidents in his own life—he and a navigator crash-landed in the Sahara during an attempt to set a speed record and after two days without water both owed their life to a chance encounter with a Bedouin. Adrienne Westenfeld, Town & Country, "T&C Family Album: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry," 13 Mar. 2014 Until last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which awards the navigator contracts, put out a request for contract proposals by mid-May. Naseem S. Miller,, "Obamacare navigators unsure of funding," 27 June 2018 The older model C-130Hs have two additional crewmembers in the cockpit: a navigator and flight engineer. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018 Groups that apply for navigator grants will now be expected to encourage clients to buy those two types of insurance., "Trump's cuts to grants that help Americans get ACA coverage are latest strategy to undermine the law," 11 July 2018 McCaskill, a moderate Democrat and skilled navigator of the state’s politics, was long considered one of the most endangered red-state Democrats up for reelection in a state Donald Trump won resoundingly in 2016. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Republican Josh Hawley defeats Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri Senate race," 7 Nov. 2018 Both the pilot and the navigator managed to eject safely. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian surveillance plane got shot down by Syria—and Russia blames Israel," 18 Sep. 2018 Health and Human Services encouraged navigators to promote those non-compliant plans. Abbe Gluck, Vox, "The fate of the ACA could turn on Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of navigator

1574, in the meaning defined above

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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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