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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

Etymologies

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)

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