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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Recent Examples on the Web From 1969 to 1971, they were based in Long Beach, Calif., and Tony was sent on missions as a navigator. Dallas News, "Seniors draw on decades of resilience and tough lessons," 10 June 2020 In Phan’s final blueprint, wrong paths merge into other wrong paths, with the goal of throwing even the most patient navigator into an infinite loop of despair. Sophia Chen, Wired, "These Bacteria Ate Their Way Through a Really Tricky Maze," 9 June 2020 Mr O’Toole, once an air-force helicopter navigator, was in charge of veterans’ affairs. The Economist, "Cracked crown Canada’s Conservative contenders," 6 June 2020 As part of the 10-man crew, Granat, the bombardier, and Parker, the navigator, would lead 41 aircraft from the 491st Bombardment Group on a difficult re-supply mission over German-occupied Holland. oregonlive, "Memorial Day 2020: Remembering 2 Oregon airmen in World War II," 24 May 2020 Shrapnel peppered his aircraft, fatally injuring the bombardier and nearly severing the navigator’s leg. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Flight of restored B-17 bomber harks back to days when skies were not so blue," 12 Nov. 2019 After leaving the role, the navigator is not allowed to be employed or affiliated with an entity that represents any party in land-use matters in Howard County for at lease one year upon departure. Erin B. Logan,, "Howard lawmaker proposes community liaison position to help residents understand zoning," 23 Aug. 2019 Accounts by people who have been lost show that this urge to move is extremely hard to resist, even among skilled navigators. Michael Bond, Wired, "Why Humans Totally Freak Out When They Get Lost," 13 May 2020 According to the law, the legal alcohol limit for pilots, navigators and other flight personnel is less than half the normal limit for motorists on Scotland’s roads. Ricky Pinela,, "United Airlines pilots arrested for being too drunk to fly: report," 5 Aug. 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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25 Jun 2020

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“Navigator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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