- 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.
- 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
Related Words for navigatingmaneuver, handle, sail, cross, cruise, operate, steer, voyage, plot, direct, drive, journey, skipper, helm, plan, captain, pilot
Examples from the Web for navigating
Contemporary Examples of navigating
Saa is now navigating a new life in America as an incognito boarding school student.Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Vs. Boko Haram
Kristi York Wooten
November 30, 2014
Did he give you any advice during the shoot about navigating the next step of your career?'The Giver' Star Brenton Thwaites Knows You Think He's Too Old to Play Jonas
August 13, 2014
Earlier this year, army Apaches shot up several convoys that refused to stop while navigating mountainous dunes near the border.On the Contraband Trail With Libya’s Gun Smugglers
June 16, 2014
The Daily Beast arrived two hours after the shooting, navigating the unlit roads through mining country.Inside Putin's Rigged Ukraine Election
May 12, 2014
Navigating this brave new world is the inventively-named Anana, an employee at a soon to be obsolete print dictionary.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 21, 2014
April 22, 2014
Historical Examples of navigating
Most Serene Prince: I have been engaged in navigating from my youth.
Mr. Kincaide, will you take the first watch as navigating officer?The Death-Traps of FX-31
Sewell Peaslee Wright
He had just entered the navigating room in response to my order.
I wonder, sir, if you could come to the navigating room at once?
Yes, sir, yes, sir; but can't you see that I am not navigating a balloon?The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)
- 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
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.