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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In preparation for the Obamacare open enrollment period on Nov. 1, the federal government announced this year’s funding for the navigators, who provide free help to individuals who want to sign up for a plan in the marketplace. Naseem S. Miller,, "Florida Obamacare navigators get $1.3 million in federal funding," 30 Aug. 2019 Theodore Van Kirk, the plane’s navigator, later recalled. Time, "What Happened to the Enola Gay After It Dropped the Atomic Bomb," 6 Aug. 2019 Sarah Birkebak, one of the family navigators, told me. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "America has a housing segregation problem. Seattle may just have the solution.," 4 Aug. 2019 The aviator and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished on July 2, 1937 during a flight from Papua New Guinea to Howland Island in the Pacific. Fox News, "Amelia Earhart mystery: The man who discovered the Titanic is searching for the doomed aviator’s plane," 13 Aug. 2019 Until recently, Ballard accepted the Navy’s version of Earhart’s fate: On July 2, 1937, near the end of their round-the-world flight, the aviator and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished over the Pacific. Julie Cohn,, "Finding Amelia Earhart’s plane seemed impossible. Then came a startling clue," 12 Aug. 2019 The theory, also endorsed by the U.S. government, is that Earhart and and navigator Fred Noonan crashed into the Pacific Ocean while attempting to reach Howland Island, approximately 946 miles from the Marshall Islands. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "A conspiracy, a crash and a capture: Five theories about Amelia Earhart's disappearance," 19 July 2019 Programs like the navigators can be expanded to Cooper Green, leading to long-term savings and a reduction in sick patients coming in for services. Ivana Hrynkiw |,, "Cooper Green: What patients should know about healthcare partnership with UAB," 4 July 2019 The usual flight crew for a C-47A was four—a pilot, co-pilot, navigator and radio operator. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Return of 'That’s All, Brother': The Plane That Led the D-Day Invasion," 4 June 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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