nav·i·ga·tor | \ˈna-və-ˌgā-tər \

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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This is the second round of cuts, after CMS reduced funding for navigators by 41 percent, from $62.5 million, last August, and also cut the budget for Obamacare outreach and advertising by 90 percent. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Administration Aims to Steer People Toward Junk Health Plans Over Obamacare," 11 July 2018 Last year, in addition to reducing money to navigator groups, the Administration cut funding for promotion of the law by $90 million. Alana Abramson, Time, "Trump Administration Cuts $26 Million in Funds for Organizations that Help People Sign Up For Obamacare," 11 July 2018 The reduction, the second round of cuts that began a summer ago, will shrink the federal money devoted to groups known as navigators from $36.8 million to $10 million for the enrollment period that starts in November. Amy Goldstein,, "Trump administration slashes grants to help Americans get Affordable Care Act coverage," 10 July 2018 Sheehan said that by managing health benefits in-house, Partners can launch new programs, such as navigators to help employees find care providers. Priyanka Dayal Mccluskey,, "Partners HealthCare shifting 100,000 employees, families to company-owned insurer," 27 June 2018 Here is a navigator’s guide to some of the book’s most interesting portals. David Renard, New York Times, "Can Was 40 Years Ahead of Its Time. A New Book Helps Us Catch Up.," 12 June 2018 Not always the most graceful navigator of his own fame, Smith, 26, also seems to have grown into himself as a person, performer and advocate — an air of self-assurance that informed every second of his Wednesday show. Drew Lazor,, "Sam Smith at the Wells Fargo Center: The Londoner rocks Philly on Independence Day," 5 July 2018 Eight members of the team are back for this race, with some playing leading roles: Liz Wardley, a watch captain under Caffari; Abby Ehler, a boat captain on Team Brunel; and Libby Greenhalgh, the navigator on Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Open Waters?," 21 June 2018 Behavioral health navigators could help cut down that time, Kromm said, by working more with families to figure out their next treatment steps outside the emergency room. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Investment in health: Hospital looks to taxpayers for funding," 17 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of navigator

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

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one that holds something together

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