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noun \ˈgīd\

Simple Definition of guide

  • : a person who leads or directs other people on a journey

  • : a person who shows and explains the interesting things in a place

  • : a person who helps to direct another person's behavior, life, career, etc.

Full Definition of guide

  1. 1 a :  one that leads or directs another's way b :  a person who exhibits and explains points of interest c :  something that provides a person with guiding information d :  signpost 1 e :  a person who directs another's conduct or course of life

  2. 2 a :  a device for steadying or directing the motion of something b :  a ring or loop for holding the line of a fishing rod in position c :  a sheet or a card with projecting tab for labeling inserted in a card index to facilitate reference

  3. 3 :  a member of a unit on whom the movements or alignments of a military command are regulated —used especially in commands <guide right>

Examples of guide

  1. We hired a guide for our trip to the mountains.

  2. He was my friend and my guide in the early years of my career.

  3. They used the stars as a guide to find their way back.

  4. If past experience is any guide, we're in for a long and difficult project.

Origin of guide

Middle English gide, guide, from Anglo-French, from Old Occitan guida, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English wītan to look after, witan to know — more at wit

First Known Use: 14th century




Simple Definition of guide

  • : to direct or lead (someone)

  • : to direct or control the path or course of (something)

  • : to direct or influence the thoughts or behavior of (someone)

Full Definition of guide


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act as a guide to :  direct in a way or course

  3. 2 a :  to direct, supervise, or influence usually to a particular end b :  to superintend the training or instruction of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to act or work as a guide

guid·er noun

Examples of guide

  1. He guided us around the city.

  2. He claims that there were unknown forces guiding the outcome of the election.

  3. He carefully guided the ship into the harbor.

  4. She guided her team to victory.

  5. Let your conscience guide you.

  6. Her example helped to guide me toward a career in medicine.

  7. In his work, he has always been guided by a desire to help other people.

  8. programs to help guide teenagers away from drug use

  9. She had a guiding influence on my decision.

  10. His guiding principle when he built his house was that bigger was better.

14th Century

First Known Use of guide

14th century

Synonym Discussion of guide

guide, lead, steer, pilot, engineer mean to direct in a course or show the way to be followed. guide implies intimate knowledge of the way and of all its difficulties and dangers <guided the scouts through the cave>. lead implies showing the way and often keeping those that follow under control and in order <led his team to victory>. steer implies an ability to keep to a course and stresses the capacity of maneuvering correctly <steered the ship through a narrow channel>. pilot suggests guidance over a dangerous or complicated course <piloted the bill through the Senate>. engineer implies finding ways to avoid or overcome difficulties in achieving an end or carrying out a plan <engineered his son's election to the governorship>.

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈgīd\

Medical Definition of guide

  1. :  a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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