[ nav-i-geyt ]
/ ˈnæv ɪˌgeɪt /

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

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

Nearby words

  1. navicular fossa of urethra,
  2. navicular fossa of vestibule of vagina,
  3. navig.,
  4. navigable,
  5. navigable semicircle,
  6. navigation,
  7. navigation act,
  8. navigation acts,
  9. navigational,
  10. navigational satellite

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

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British Dictionary definitions for navigate


/ (ˈnævɪˌɡeɪt) /


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

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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.

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