navigates, navigating, navigated
1) V-ERG When someone navigates a ship or an aircraft somewhere, they decide which course to follow and steer it there.

[V n] Captain Cook was responsible for safely navigating his ship without accident for 100 voyages...

[V prep/adv] The purpose of the visit was to navigate into an ice-filled fiord.

...the new navigation system which will enable aircraft to navigate with total pinpoint accuracy.

Derived words:
navigation [[t]næ̱vɪge͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] plural N-VAR

The expedition was wrecked by bad planning and poor navigation.

...the boat's navigation system.

2) VERB When a ship or boat navigates an area of water, it sails on or across it.

[V n] ...a lock system to allow sea-going craft to navigate the upper reaches of the river...

[V prep] Such boats can be built locally and, because they have a shallow draught, can navigate on the Nile.

3) VERB When someone in a car navigates, they decide what roads the car should be driven along in order to get somewhere.

When travelling on fast roads at night it is impossible to drive and navigate at the same time.

[V prep/adv] ...the relief at successfully navigating across the Golden Gate Bridge to arrive here...

[V way prep] They had just navigated their way through Maidstone on their way to the coast. [Also V n]

4) VERB When fish, animals, or insects navigate somewhere, they find the right direction to go and travel there.

[V adv/prep] In tests, the bees navigate back home after being placed in a field a mile away. [Also V]

5) VERB If you navigate an obstacle, you move carefully in order to avoid hitting the obstacle or hurting yourself.

[V n] He was not able to walk without a cane and could only navigate steps backwards...

[V way prep] In the corridors he let her navigate her own way round the trolleys and other obstacles...

[V prep/adv] If guests wished to use the sofa, they had first to navigate around chairs in the middle of the room.

6) VERB If you manage to navigate a difficult situation, you deal with it successfully. [WRITTEN]

[V n] During childhood each of us has to navigate a pathway through a series of developmental stages...

[V through n] This outlook helped her to navigate through her later years with success.

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