Thesaurus

pilot

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of pilot

  1. made or done as an experiment a new pilot program to train inner-city residents for jobs in the tech sector Synonyms of pilot developmental, experimental, trialWords Related to pilot exploratory, investigative, probative; preliminary, preparatory, provisional, temporary, tentative; conjectural, hypothetical, speculative, theoretical (also theoretic); untested, untried; unproved, unprovenNear Antonyms of pilot accepted, established, standard; tested, tried; advanced, developed; proved, proven; conclusive, decisive, definitive, final, permanent


pilot

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of pilot

  1. one who flies or is qualified to fly an aircraft or spacecraft the airline is seeking experienced pilots to fly the new airplane Synonyms of pilot airman, aviator, birdman, flier (also flyer) Words Related to pilot ace, barnstormer, bush pilot, copilot, flyboy, test pilot; captain, skipper


pilot

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of pilot

  1. 1 to give advice and instruction to (someone) regarding the course or process to be followed piloted the figure skater through the national championships Synonyms of pilot coach, counsel, lead, mentor, guide, shepherd, show, tutorWords Related to pilot godfather; direct, engineer, steer, sway; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see, squire; oversee, superintend, supervise; drill, train; brief, enlighten, inform; instruct, school, teach, tutor; inculcate, indoctrinate; cultivate, foster, nurture

  2. 2 to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front the lead rider piloted the rest of the team Synonyms of pilot conduct, direct, guide, marshal (also marshall), lead, route, show, steer, usherWords Related to pilot precede; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see; control, manageNear Antonyms of pilot dog, hound, shadow, tail, tailgateAntonyms of pilot follow, trail

  3. 3 to operate or control the course of managed to pilot the plane to safety despite the failure of the left engine Synonyms of pilot conn (also con), helm, navigate, steerWords Related to pilot commandeer, hijack (also highjack)

Synonym Discussion of pilot

guide, lead, steer, pilot, engineer mean to direct in a course or show the way to be followed. guide implies intimate knowledge of the way and of all its difficulties and dangers.
    • guided the scouts through the cave
lead implies showing the way and often keeping those that follow under control and in order.
    • led his team to victory
steer implies an ability to keep to a course and stresses the capacity of maneuvering correctly.
    • steered the ship through a narrow channel
pilot suggests guidance over a dangerous or complicated course.
    • piloted the bill through the Senate
engineer implies finding ways to avoid or overcome difficulties in achieving an end or carrying out a plan.
    • engineered his son's election to the governorship


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