Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To operate an aircraft; fly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To operate an aircraft.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. fly an airplane.
  • intransitive v. To fly, or navigate the air, in an aëroplane or heavier-than-air flying machine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. operate an airplane

Etymologies

Back-formation from aviation.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from aviator (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • WILEY: The rule is that you aviate, navigate and then you communicate.

    CNN Transcript Jun 2, 2009

  • They know that the pilots must adhere to the adage “aviate–navigate–communicate”—strictly in that order.

    Touching History

  • If, in fact, he was alone in that airplane, and he was concentrating on trying to fix whatever was wrong, he might have had his head buried in his instruments, doing whatever needed to be done to try to take care of that problem, and might have forgotten the cardinal rule of flying, that, when you're in trouble, first thing you do is aviate the airplane.

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 2006

  • So what that really means though, even though they're being trained, the culture of the department and the old guard within the department still allow for that level of treatment and misconduct, and basically aviate whatever effect that the diversity training has.

    CNN Transcript Apr 28, 2002

  • Bannister with his Billion-Dollar Mystery, yet equally unwilling to aviate from a blanket heaved by the husky athletes.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

  • "Can you aviate – high-dive – drive a car – buck-jump – shoot?" read Miss Moss.

    Bliss, and Other Stories

  • I got in an excellent drive, but unfortunately it didn't aviate quick enough.

    The Holiday Round

  • "Now don't begin to aviate until you understand the truth," Speed continued.

    Going Some

  • If she had resented Kennedy, she positively flew up in the air and commenced to aviate at Maloney's questioning.

    The Poisoned Pen

  • 94A: Professional who may wear goggles [AVIATOR] - this came to mind instantly, but a. I didn't think you had to be a "professional" to aviate, and b.

    Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle

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