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"pilot" in British English

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pilotnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpaɪ.lət/  us   /ˈpaɪ.lət/
  • pilot noun [C] (AIRCRAFT)

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  • pilot noun [C] (SHIP)

a person with detailed knowledge of an area of water, such as that around a port, who goes onto a ship to direct it safely
  • pilot noun [C] (TEST)

a programme that is made to introduce a new radio or television series and test how popular it is: If you'd seen the pilot, you'd know why they decided not to make a complete series of programmes!
  • pilot noun [C] (FLAME)

(also pilot light) a small flame that burns all the time in a gas device, such as a cooker or a device for heating water, and that starts the main flame burning when the gas is turned on

pilotadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈpaɪ.lət/  us   /ˈpaɪ.lət/

pilotverb [T]

uk   /ˈpaɪ.lət/  us   /ˈpaɪ.lət/
(Definition of pilot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pilot" in American English

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pilotnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɑɪ·lət/
  • 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]  us   /ˈpɑɪ·lət/
He piloted the ship through the busy harbor.

pilotadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈpɑɪ·lət/
(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]  us   /ˈpɑɪ·lət/
Our district is piloting a day-care program.
(Definition of pilot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pilot" in Business English

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pilotnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpaɪlət/
TRANSPORT a person who flies aircraft: He became a commercial airline pilot after leaving the airforce. He earned his pilot's licence in the US.
MARKETING a television or radio programme that is made to test how popular it is with an audience in order to decide whether to make a new series: They commissioned a pilot to test audience reactions.
COMMERCE, MARKETING a test done by a business over a short period to see if a particular product, service, etc. is worth investing in: Assuming the pilot is successful, there are plans to build a further two factories by the end of next year.
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pilotverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈpaɪlət/
TRANSPORT to fly an aircraft: She pilots planes for the US Postal Service.
MARKETING to test a new idea for a product, service, etc. over a short period to see whether it is worth developing and investing in: The scheme is being piloted by a few councils with a view to extending it nationwide.
GOVERNMENT, WORKPLACE to be responsible for making sure something develops or goes through a process without problems: pilot sth through sth Two congressmen, one Democrat and one Republican, piloted the bill through the House.

pilotadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈpaɪlət/ MARKETING
a pilot product, programme, project, etc. is something that is tested first over a short period to see whether it is worth developing and investing in: pilot programme/scheme/study The pilot scheme proved that CCTV was a cost-effective way of reducing inner-city crime. The pilot episode of the series had the biggest viewing numbers of the year.
(Definition of pilot from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pilot”
in Korean 조종사…
in Arabic طَيّار…
in Malaysian juruterbang, malim…
in French pilote…
in Russian пилот, летчик…
in Chinese (Traditional) 航空器, 飛行員…
in Italian pilota…
in Turkish pilot…
in Polish pilot…
in Spanish piloto, práctico…
in Vietnamese phi công, hoa tiêu…
in Portuguese piloto…
in Thai นักบิน, คนนำร่อง…
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…
in Indonesian penerbang, pandu…
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“pilot” in American English

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