verb (used with object), nav·i·gat·ed, nav·i·gat·ing.

verb (used without object), nav·i·gat·ed, nav·i·gat·ing.

Origin of navigate

1580–90; < Latin nāvigātus, past participle of nāvigāre to sail, derivative of nāvis ship; for formation, see fumigate
Related formsmis·nav·i·gate, verb, mis·nav·i·gat·ed, mis·nav·i·gat··nav·i·gate, verb (used with object), re·nav·i·gat·ed, re·nav·i·gat·ing.un·nav·i·gat·ed, adjectivewell-nav·i·gat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for navigate

Contemporary Examples of navigate

Historical Examples of navigate

  • I ain't so much of a wreck yet but that I can navigate Boston without a pilot.


    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)
(tr) 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 safelyhe navigated his way to the bar
(intr) (of a passenger in a motor vehicle) to give directions to the driver; point out the route
(intr) rare to voyage in a ship; sail

Word Origin for navigate

C16: from Latin nāvigāre to sail, from nāvis ship + agere to drive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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