guid·​ance ˈgī-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce guidance (audio)
: the act or process of guiding
: the direction provided by a guide
couldn't have done it without her guidance
: advice on vocational or educational problems given to students
provides guidance on how to apply for scholarships
: 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.
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Word History


guide entry 2 + -ance

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of guidance was in 1590

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Cite this Entry

“Guidance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


guid·​ance ˈgīd-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce guidance (audio)
: the act or process of guiding
: advice given to students to help them make educational or personal decisions
: the process of controlling the course (as of a missile) by built-in equipment
guidance system

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