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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To plan and direct the course of a vessel or vehicle.
  • intransitive verb To give directions to the driver of an automobile, especially by reading a map. Used of a passenger.
  • intransitive verb To know or determine a migratory course. Used of an animal.
  • intransitive verb To travel over a planned course or route, especially in a boat or ship.
  • intransitive verb To make or find a course or way.
  • intransitive verb To make sequential progress through something.
  • intransitive verb To direct (a vessel or vehicle) over a planned course.
  • intransitive verb To follow or find a course across, over, or through.
  • intransitive verb To progress through (something) sequentially.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To pass over in ships; to sail over or on.
  • transitive verb To steer, direct, or manage in sailing; to conduct (ships) upon the water by the art or skill of seamen.
  • transitive verb To pass through, over, or around; -- used especially of a course having obstacles.
  • intransitive verb 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 verb To direct or operate a vehicle, especially a ship or aircraft.
  • intransitive verb To pass through, over, or around; -- used especially of a course having obstacles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To plan, control and record the position and course of a vehicle, ship, aircraft etc on a journey; to follow a planned course.
  • verb intransitive To travel over water in a ship; to sail.
  • verb intransitive, computing To move from page to page on the internet or within a program by clicking on hyperlinks.

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

  • verb travel on water propelled by wind or by other means
  • verb direct carefully and safely
  • verb act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance

Etymologies

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

[Latin nāvigāre, nāvigāt- : nāvis, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots + agere, to drive, lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English navigate, from Latin navigo, from nāvis ("ship") + agō ("do"), from Proto-Indo-European *nau- (boat), possibly, from Tamil நாவாய் (nāvāi).

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