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

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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 guidance certainly gives investors much more optimism about the company’s post-pandemic prospects. Trefis Team, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Wednesday night, the state’s Occupational Safety and Health board agreed to take the new state public health mask guidance into account and vote on new workplace rules on June 17. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, 15 June 2021 The new guidance was prompted by an executive order and marked a return to Obama-era immigration enforcement measures based on a priority system instead of the more aggressive approach taken under the Trump administration. Geneva Sands, CNN, 14 June 2021 For those still unvaccinated, the guidance is also clear – maintain COVID-19-safe behavior which includes anyone over 2 years old wearing a mask. Dr. Syra Madad, ABC News, 13 June 2021 To ensure safe workplaces and enough physical distance between employees when there are unvaccinated people in the office, an agency can establish occupancy limits, the guidance said. Author: Lisa Rein, Eric Yoder, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2021 Yet the guidance issued by central banks implies a path for policy normalisation every bit as sedate as after the global financial crisis. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 11 June 2021 The exhortations amount to the strongest and clearest guidance yet from top policy makers about the risks to banks for writing new contracts based on Libor. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, 11 June 2021 Frampton said the guidance helped provide additional clarity for BambooHR's customers. NBC News, 10 June 2021

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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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The first known use of guidance was in 1590

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19 Jun 2021

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“Guidance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guidance

: help or advice that tells you what to do : the act or process of guiding someone or something
: the process of controlling the flight of something (such as a missile)


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


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