guide

noun
\ ˈgīd \

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

d : signpost sense 1

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 commands guide right

guide

verb
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

Verb

guider noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for guide

Synonyms: Noun

attendant, companion, escort, guard

Synonyms: Verb

conduct, direct, lead, marshal (also marshall), pilot, route, show, steer, usher

Antonyms: Verb

follow, trail

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Verb

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

Prince William selected his cousin Zara Tindall as a spiritual guide for his firstborn over his younger brother, but the move shouldn't read as a slight. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Christening Quiz You Have to Take Before Prince Louis's Baptism," 8 July 2018 But Orlando’s contract last summer with center Khem Birch might serve as a rough guide for Briscoe’s contract. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic sign rookie free agent Isaiah Briscoe," 6 July 2018 Taking matters into his own hands, Batchelor began to cut his own hair in high school, using the line of a baseball cap on his head as a guide. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, "At the Culture of Hair salon, the mission is top of mind — and head," 5 July 2018 Using average draft position as a guide, a typical third round last year included wide receivers Hopkins, Doug Baldwin and T.Y. Hilton. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Draft RB or WR in the First Round? That Question Is Far From Simple for Fantasy Football Owners," 2 July 2018 The Comprehensive Plan serves as a decision-making guide for local officials and community leaders. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Survey seeks Auburn citizen’s input to update comprehensive plan," 26 June 2018 Crown Prince Hussein, the 23-year-old son of Queen Rania and King Abdullah II, has been acting as tour guide for most of Prince William's stay. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Recreates One of Kate Middleton's Childhood Photos in Jordan," 25 June 2018 It was intended as a guide to concealment and deception in a modern, mechanized war and proposes a range of strategies to protect from air attack. Mary Horlock, Longreads, "The Camouflage Artist: Two Worlds Wars, Two Loves, and One Great Deception," 21 June 2018 In addition to his job as a tour guide, Beneville is a real community organizer. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Curious about Nome, Wiseman and Fort Yukon? Here are your guides," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Ultimate Frontier Let Susan Barnett, Buehler Planetarium and Observatory director, and other experts guide you in locating the moon, stars, and nebulae (weather permitting). Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 Trippier struck a sweet effort over the Croatia wall in the fifth minute, guiding it perfectly past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and into the top scorer. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Croatia tops England in extra time to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2018 During late summer spawning season, thousands of coral eggs that have just a one in 1 million chance of being fertilized in the wild are collected by the Coral Restoration Foundation and sent to the Mote lab, which guides them to reproduce. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Racing to save Florida’s coral from climate change, scientists turn to a once-unthinkable strategy: ‘assisted evolution’," 9 July 2018 The Facebook group Gulf Coast Shark Chasers reported on Saturday that one of its members was able to help Biggers remove the hook from the shark's mouth and guide it back into the water. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Sizable shark caught off beach along Surfside," 9 July 2018 But at every avenue, Barry runs into unexpected allies, even friendly and powerful machines, that guide him when his plans threaten to go awry. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "In The Robots of Gotham, AI has taken over the world — and become exactly like us," 7 July 2018 So even if each of the boys had two expert divers guiding them, there are still portions they would be forced to navigate on their own. Fox News, "Ben Shapiro blasts 'idiotic' Statue of Liberty protest," 6 July 2018 If the water levels do rise, the boys and the coach might have to swim and dive the 2.5 miles to the mouth of the cave, with the help of divers who would guide them out. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why 12 Thai boys are still trapped in a cave, days after being found," 5 July 2018 Rather than put him through the usual paces, Mari brings Hungarian history alive by shepherding Wilson around the city and guiding him on tours of important cultural sites. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Citizen': Film Review," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of guide

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for guide

Noun

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

Verb

see guide entry 1

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guide

noun

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.

guide

verb

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)

guide

noun
\ ˈgīd \

Kids Definition of guide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

guide

verb
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.

guide

noun
\ ˈgīd \

Medical Definition of guide 

: a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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