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verb [transitive] pilot pronunciation in British English /ˈpaɪlət/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepiloting
past tensepiloted
past participlepiloted
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  1. 2
    to try something with a small group of people to find out if it would be successful or popular

    The programme will initially be piloted in four schools.

  2. 3
    mainly journalism to make sure that something such as a new law is introduced or accepted

    In 1980, he piloted the Wildlife and Countryside Bill through the House of Commons.

  3. 4
    to give someone advice or instructions that help them to do something

    Our advisers are here to pilot members through the new procedure.



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