guid·​ance | \ ˈgī-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce guidance (audio) \

Definition of guidance

1 : the act or process of guiding
2a : the direction provided by a guide couldn't have done it without her guidance
b : advice on vocational or educational problems given to students provides guidance on how to apply for scholarships
3 : the process of controlling the course of a projectile by a built-in mechanism problems with the missile's guidance

Examples of guidance in a Sentence

I couldn't have done it without her guidance. We need more guidance on how to handle these unusual cases.
Recent Examples on the Web The company is guiding for full-year revenue in a range of $560 million to $620 million, which would represent a growth of 27% at the midpoint of its guidance. Trefis Team, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The company raised its full-year per-share earnings guidance to between $7.23 and $7.43, up from its previous view of between $6.93 and $7.13. Connor Hart, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 The downturn hurt Roku’s second-quarter revenue and caused the company to pull its full-year guidance because of the uncertain economic environment. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2022 In its guidance for schools, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends universal indoor masking in K-12 schools and early education programs that are located in counties with a high Covid-19 community level. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 1 Aug. 2022 The New Britain manufacturer of tools and storage equipment reduced its profit guidance for the year and announced cost-cutting intended to deliver $1 billion in savings by the end of 2023. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 28 July 2022 Diagnosing monkeypox during pregnancy can also be challenging, the agency says in its guidance, before the disease's characteristic rash appears. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 26 July 2022 Despite the profit drop, GM held its full-year net income guidance steady at between $9.6 billion and $11.2 billion. Tom Krisher, Chicago Tribune, 26 July 2022 Despite the profit drop, GM held its full-year net income guidance steady at between $9.6 billion and $11.2 billion. Tom Krisher,, 26 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of guidance

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guidance

guide entry 2 + -ance

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6 Aug 2022

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“Guidance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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guid·​ance | \ ˈgī-dᵊns How to pronounce guidance (audio) \

Kids Definition of guidance

: help, instruction, or assistance I fumbled for my cross and was about to pray for guidance— Avi, Crispin: The Cross of Lead

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