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pilot

noun [C]  /ˈpɑɪ·lət/ us  

pilot noun [C] (PERSON)

a person who flies an aircraft, or someone who directs a ship safely through an area of water: an airline pilot a harbor pilot
pilot
verb [T]  /ˈpɑɪ·lət/ us  
He piloted the ship through the busy harbor.

pilot

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈpɑɪ·lət/ us  

pilot adjective [not gradable] (TEST)

(of a plan, product, or system) done as a test before introducing it: From the pilot episode, this looks to be one of the best new shows we’ll see this fall.
pilot
verb [T]  /ˈpɑɪ·lət/ us  
Our district is piloting a day-care program.
Translations of “pilot”
in Korean 조종사…
in Arabic طَيّار…
in French pilote…
in Turkish pilot…
in Italian pilota…
in Chinese (Traditional) 航空器, 飛行員…
in Russian пилот, летчик…
in Polish pilot…
in Spanish piloto, práctico…
in Portuguese piloto…
in German der/die Pilot(in), der/die Lotse(in)…
in Catalan pilot…
in Japanese パイロット…
in Chinese (Simplified) 飞行器, 飞行员…
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