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[nav-i-geyt] /ˈnæv ɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), navigated, navigating.
to move on, over, or through (water, air, or land) in a ship or aircraft:
to navigate a river.
to direct or manage (a ship, aircraft, or guided missile) on its course.
to ascertain or plot and control the course or position of (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
to pass over (the sea or other body of water), as a ship does.
to walk or find one's way on, in, or across:
It was difficult to navigate the stairs in the dark.
to move or progress through in a logical sequence:
Headings and subheadings make it easier to navigate a long article.
Computers. to move from one part to another of (a website, document, etc.), especially by using the links:
Their site is uncluttered and easy to navigate.
verb (used without object), navigated, navigating.
to direct or manage a ship, aircraft, or guided missile on its course.
to pass over the water, as a ship does.
to walk or find one's way.
to travel by ship or boat; sail.
to move or progress through something in a logical sequence:
We’re navigating through a maze of environmental legislation.
Computers. to move from one part to another of a website, document, etc.
Origin of navigate
1580-90; < Latin nāvigātus, past participle of nāvigāre to sail, derivative of nāvis ship; for formation, see fumigate
Related forms
misnavigate, verb, misnavigated, misnavigating.
renavigate, verb (used with object), renavigated, renavigating.
unnavigated, adjective
well-navigated, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for navigate
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  • I ain't so much of a wreck yet but that I can navigate Boston without a pilot.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was a misty, black night, and Trumet sidewalks were uneven and hard to navigate.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Will you pledge me your honour, if I release you upon parole, that you will navigate us thither?

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • These are difficult seas to navigate, though they may not seem so.

  • But how are you going to navigate this craft home with three men?

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
British Dictionary definitions for navigate


to plan, direct, or plot the path or position of (a ship, an aircraft, etc)
(transitive) to travel over, through, or on (water, air, or land) in a boat, aircraft, etc
(informal) to direct (oneself, one's way, etc) carefully or safely: he navigated his way to the bar
(intransitive) (of a passenger in a motor vehicle) to give directions to the driver; point out the route
(intransitive) (rare) to voyage in a ship; sail
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nāvigāre to sail, from nāvis ship + agere to drive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for navigate

1580s, a back-formation from navigation, or else from Latin navigatus, past participle of navigare. Extended to balloons (1784) and later to aircraft (1901). Related: Navigated; navigating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for navigate



To walk, esp when drunk (1843+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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