from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To plan, record, and control the course and position of (a ship or aircraft).
- transitive v. To follow a planned course on, across, or through: navigate a stream.
- intransitive v. To control the course of a ship or aircraft.
- intransitive v. To voyage over water in a boat or ship; sail.
- intransitive v. To make one's way: navigated with difficulty through the crowd.
- intransitive v. Informal To walk: He was too unsteady on his legs to navigate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To plan, control and record the position and course of a vehicle, ship, aircraft etc on a journey; to follow a planned course.
- v. To travel over water in a ship; to sail.
- v. To move from page to page on the internet or within a program by clicking on hyperlinks.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To journey by water; to go in a vessel or ship; to perform the duties of a navigator; to use the waters as a highway or channel for commerce or communication; to sail.
- intransitive v. To direct or operate a vehicle, especially a ship or aircraft.
- intransitive v. To pass through, over, or around; -- used especially of a course having obstacles.
- transitive v. To pass over in ships; to sail over or on.
- transitive v. To steer, direct, or manage in sailing; to conduct (ships) upon the water by the art or skill of seamen.
- transitive v. To pass through, over, or around; -- used especially of a course having obstacles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move from place to place in a ship; sail.
- To direct or manage a ship.
- To pass over in ships; sail on.
- To steer, direct, or manage in sailing; direct the course of, as a vessel, from one place to another: as, to navigate a ship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. travel on water propelled by wind or by other means
- v. direct carefully and safely
- v. act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance
Latin nāvigāre, nāvigāt- : nāvis, ship; + agere, to drive, lead.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English navigate, from Latin navigo, from nāvis ("ship") + agō ("do"), from Proto-Indo-European *nau- (boat), possibly, from Tamil நாவாய் (nāvāi). (Wiktionary)