v. nav·i·gat·ed, nav·i·gat·ing, nav·i·gates
a. To plan and direct the course of a vessel or vehicle: sailors navigating by the stars.
b. To give directions to the driver of an automobile, especially by reading a map. Used of a passenger: You drive; I'll navigate.
c. To know or determine a migratory course. Used of an animal: How do butterflies navigate when they migrate?
a. To travel over a planned course or route, especially in a boat or ship: The sailors navigated to their favored fishing grounds.
b. To make or find a course or way: We navigated through the crowd. The boat navigated through the channel.
c. To make sequential progress through something: I navigated through the website without a problem.
1. To direct (a vessel or vehicle) over a planned course.
a. To follow or find a course across, over, or through: navigate a stream; navigate the downtown streets.
b. To progress through (something) sequentially: navigate a set of instructions; navigate a website.
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