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Definition of guide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one that leads or directs another's way needed a guide for the safari
b : a person who exhibits and explains points of interest The museum guide was very helpful.
c : something that provides a person with guiding information used the stars as a guide to find their way back
e : a person who directs another's conduct or course of life He was my mentor and guide during the early years of my career.
2a : a device for steadying or directing the motion of something The jigsaw was equipped with a guide.
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 : a member of a unit on whom the movements or alignments of a military command are regulated used especially in commandsguide right


guided; guiding

Definition of guide (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to act as a guide to : direct in a way or course He guided us around the city.
2a : to direct, supervise, or influence usually to a particular end You'll need a lawyer to guide you through the legal system.
b : to superintend the training or instruction of A respected educator guided his studies.

intransitive verb

: to act or work as a guide

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Other Words from guide


guider noun

Synonyms for guide

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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

Examples of guide in a Sentence

Noun We hired a guide for our trip to the mountains. He was my friend and my guide in the early years of my career. They used the stars as a guide to find their way back. If past experience is any guide, we're in for a long and difficult project. Verb He guided us around the city. He claims that there were unknown forces guiding the outcome of the election. He carefully guided the ship into the harbor. She guided her team to victory. Let your conscience guide you. Her example helped to guide me toward a career in medicine. In his work, he has always been guided by a desire to help other people. programs to help guide teenagers away from drug use She had a guiding influence on my decision. His guiding principle when he built his house was that bigger was better.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The second thing, which is more significant as a guide for future of Republican foreign policy, is that both Paul and Lee have been ambivalent at best on certain relevant questions of immigration policy. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Ulterior Motives of the Anti-War Right," 10 Jan. 2020 Using both history and the trade value chart as a guide, the Lions would probably get Miami’s first- and second-round choice in a deal, and may be able to get something else thrown in. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions mailbag: Is Tua really an option? And why won't they pay Graham Glasgow," 9 Jan. 2020 Astronomers will use this image as a guide to direct future imaging projects taken up by the James Webb Space Telescope. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Snaps the Most Detailed Image of the Milky Way's Center," 6 Jan. 2020 Milwaukee mom Calie Herbst describes her book as a Milwaukee tour guide for families who live in Milwaukee. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 things to do with your kids this winter around Milwaukee, from kites on ice to Disney on Ice," 27 Dec. 2019 Police have identified the pair believed to be washed out to sea as New Zealand tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40, and Australian teenager Winona Langford, 17. Washington Post, "American newlyweds are ‘progressing’ from volcano burns," 24 Dec. 2019 Police have identified the pair believed to be washed out to sea as New Zealand tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40, and Australian teenager Winona Langford, 17. NBC News, "American newlyweds are 'progressing' from volcano burns," 24 Dec. 2019 This kind of information is especially critical when exploring a therapeutic area in which there are limited or no treatment options available and thus no market data to use as a guide. Yilian Yuan, STAT, "Artificial intelligence and machine learning can be the backbones of a drug launch playbook," 17 Dec. 2019 Several years ago, writer Richard Louv was on Alaska’s Kodiak Island to visit a remote lodge where his son worked as a guide. Christopher Keyes, Outside Online, "The Life-Changing Benefits of Animal Encounters," 16 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Transform is open by appointment only, and shoppers fill out a style guide ahead of time so so volunteers can have clothing options ready. Briana Rice,, "Lin-Manuel Miranda, Seth Meyers and others donate to local store for transgender youth," 11 Jan. 2020 Data from that research helped guide the selection of the Seaport pickup spots: 50 Northern Ave. Jeremy C. Fox,, "New ride-share pickup zones are installed in Seaport," 11 Jan. 2020 Those two together took the reins on a night Antetokounmpo was unusually human, guiding the Bucks through rough stretches and efficiently seeing them through to the other side on the way to a 127-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 127, Kings 106: Middleton, Bledsoe lead the way," 10 Jan. 2020 Experts analysing early footage said that the rockets appeared to be precision-guided Fateh missiles, capable of carrying over 200kg of explosives. The Economist, "Avengers assemble Iran retaliates for the killing of Qassem Suleimani," 8 Jan. 2020 Find Your Grind -- which consists of both a foundation and a for-profit division -- perhaps best exemplifies Gross’s guiding ethos of practical experience over traditional schooling. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Spotlight: Musician-Turned-Entrepreneur Nick Gross Aims for Multi-Dimensional Media Empire With Gross Labs," 7 Jan. 2020 Smith, sitting behind Resilard to help guide the flight and man the weapons systems, saw their Hornet passing over the tanker. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines," 2 Jan. 2020 Thriving on good debate in the boardroom and good games in the arena, Stern would say one of his greatest achievements was guiding a league of mostly black players that was plagued by drug problems in the 1970s to popularity with mainstream America. Brian Mahoney, Anchorage Daily News, "Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dies at 77," 2 Jan. 2020 That has been a central tenet of economics for the past 60 years, guiding Federal Reserve policy makers and private forecasters. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Jobs and Inflation: The Great Trade-Off, Demystified," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of guide


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for guide

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of guide was in the 14th century

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Guide.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of guide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.



English Language Learners Definition of guide (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)


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Kids Definition of guide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone or something (as a book) that leads, directs, or shows the right way


guided; guiding

Kids Definition of guide (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to show the way to She'll guide you on your tour.
2 : to direct or control the course of The coach guided the team to victory.
3 : direct entry 1 sense 6, instruct Let your conscience guide you.


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Medical Definition of guide

: a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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