Etymology
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navigate (v.)

1580s, "move from place to place in a ship, sail" (intrans.), a back-formation from navigation, or else from Latin navigatus, past-participle of navigare "to sail, sail over, go by sea, steer a ship," from navis "ship" (from PIE root *nau- "boat") + root of agere "to set in motion, drive, drive forward" (from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move"). Transitive sense of "to pass over in a ship or ships, sail on" is from 1640s; that of "to steer, direct, or manage in sailing" is from 1660s. Extended to balloons (1784) and later to aircraft (1901). Related: Navigated; navigating.

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Definitions of navigate

navigate (v.)
travel on water propelled by wind or by other means;
Synonyms: voyage / sail
navigate (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?
Synonyms: pilot
navigate (v.)
direct carefully and safely;
He navigated his way to the altar
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