Definition of aviate in English:



  • Pilot or fly in an aircraft.

    with object ‘an aircraft that can be aviated without effort’
    no object ‘there are fewer opportunities to aviate in winter’
    • ‘She quickly prioritized procedures: aviate, navigate and communicate.’
    • ‘My adrenaline was so pumped for mission accomplishment, that I failed to properly aviate, navigate, and communicate.’
    • ‘Good crew coordination and flexibility allowed us to handle this minor emergency effectively, without becoming so wrapped up in it that we forgot to aviate.’
    • ‘In fact, the diverts listed during our preflight briefing proved not to be legal, but we felt with good control and calm, professional aviating, we would be able to hack it.’
    • ‘The student did an excellent lob of aviating by climbing away from the ground without hesitation.’
    • ‘It wasn't until passing through 25 degrees nose high, with airspeed rapidly dropping, that I focused on the priority task of aviating.’
    • ‘Demand disciplined aviating and responsible decision making.’
    • ‘I had aviated, I had navigated, I had communicated, and I had landed as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Since we just had arrived in theater, most of the preflight brief was focused on aviating and communicating in the confined airspace of the AOR.’
    • ‘Almost flying over Farsi Island could have been avoided with better aviating and navigating.’
    • ‘The lesson being aviate first and then communicate later.’
    • ‘The first commandment of the always-germane rule: aviate, navigate, communicate.’
    • ‘Sure, the old axiom recommends aviating first, navigating second, and communicating third.’
    • ‘All aviators are taught to aviate, navigate, communicate, and to prioritize tasks.’
    • ‘Hundreds are flying, and cheaper aviating doesn't exist.’
    • ‘I was aviating fine and navigating fine and we hadn't had a chance to troubleshoot yet.’
    • ‘From day one, we're told to aviate, navigate, then communicate.’
    • ‘While poring over our numerous checklists, aviating, navigating and communicating, we quickly found out the latest in a series of bad news: our previously in-the-green auxiliary brakes were now in the red - not good.’
    fly, be at the controls of, control, handle, manoeuvre, drive, operate, steer, regulate, monitor, direct, captain
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Late 19th century: back-formation from aviation.