navigate (a sea or ocean)

The word "navigate" means to find out where you're going on a boat or ship. When people used to travel on wooden sailing ships, people navigated using maps, the position of the stars, and a compass.

These days, people don't talk much about navigating the ocean. Instead, people use "navigate" in metaphors like in the example above.

When a person rides in a car and tells the driver where to go by looking at a map or GPS, they're also "navigating" the car.

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