Definition of pilot verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pilot

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpaɪlət//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪlət//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pilot
    BrE BrE//ˈpaɪlət//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪlət//
     
    he / she / it pilots
    BrE BrE//ˈpaɪləts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪləts//
     
    past simple piloted
    BrE BrE//ˈpaɪlətɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪlətɪd//
     
    past participle piloted
    BrE BrE//ˈpaɪlətɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪlətɪd//
     
    -ing form piloting
    BrE BrE//ˈpaɪlətɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪlətɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1pilot something to fly an aircraft or guide a ship; to act as a pilot The plane was piloted by the instructor. The captain piloted the boat into a mooring.
  2. 2pilot something (through something) to guide somebody/something somewhere, especially through a complicated place or system She piloted a bill on the rights of part-time workers through parliament.
  3. 3pilot something to test a new product, idea, etc. with a few people or in a small area before it is introduced everywhere
  4. Word Origin early 16th cent. (denoting a person who steers a ship): from French pilote, from medieval Latin pilotus, an alteration of pedota, based on Greek pēdon ‘oar’, (plural) ‘rudder’.Extra examples Several centres have been asked to pilot the new qualification. The recycling boxes have been successfully piloted in a number of areas. The scheme is already being piloted in Germany.
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