Synonyms of 'pilot'
a person who is qualified to fly an aircraft or spacecraftHe spent seventeen years as an airline pilot.
a person who acts as a guideThe pilot steered the ship safely inside the main channel.
to act as pilot ofthe first person to pilot an aircraft across the Pacific
to act as pilot ofLocal fishermen piloted the boats.
He was responsible for safely navigating the ship.
Don't expect to be able to drive a car or operate machinery.
Her daughter couldn't manage the horse.
She took the bewildered man by the arm and guided him out.
One report said the aircraft would become difficult to handle.
to guide or lead (a project or people)We are piloting the strategy through Parliament.
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in the sense of aviator
the pilot of an aircraft
He was a pioneer aviator - the first to fly across the Channel.
in the sense of conduct
to accompany and guide (people or a party)
He asked if he might conduct us to the ball.
in the sense of control
to have power over
He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California.
You should not let other people control you.
have power over,
keep a tight rein on,
have charge of,
have (someone) in your pocket,
keep on a string
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