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Definition of pilot verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pilot
    he / she / it pilots
    past simple piloted
    -ing form piloting
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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 someone or something somewhere, especially through a complicated place or system She piloted a bill on the rights of part-time workers through Congress.
  3. 3pilot something to test a new product, idea, etc. with a few people or in a small area before it is introduced everywhere
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pilot