navigate

To navigate is to determine a path or course. If you volunteer to navigate on your family’s road trip to Alaska, be sure you’re the type who’s willing to stop and ask for directions.

Navigate, like “navy” and “naval,” comes from the Latin word navis meaning “ship.” Without the luxury of modern technology, ancient sailors had to be excellent navigators; they often relied on the stars to chart their course. (We don’t recommend that you try this method of navigation with your family in the car.)

Definitions of navigate
1

v direct carefully and safely

“He navigated his way to the altar”
Type of:
channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

v act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance

“Is anyone volunteering to navigate during the trip?”
“Who was navigating the ship during the accident?”
Synonyms:
pilot
Types:
astrogate
guide in interplanetary travel
Type of:
channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

v travel on water propelled by wind or by other means

Synonyms:
sail, voyage
Types:
astrogate
navigate in space
cruise
sail or travel about for pleasure, relaxation, or sightseeing
Type of:
journey, travel
undertake a journey or trip

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