Definition of “pilot” - English Dictionary

“pilot” in British English

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pilotnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpaɪ.lət/ us /ˈpaɪ.lət/

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/

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 ] 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 /ˈpaɪlət/ us

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:

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 /ˈpaɪlət/ us

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 /ˈpaɪlət/ us 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)