guide

noun
\ ˈgīd How to pronounce guide (audio) \

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 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 for guide

Synonyms: Noun

attendant, companion, escort, guard

Synonyms: Verb

coach, counsel, lead, mentor, pilot, shepherd, show, tutor

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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

Don DeClerck, camp operations director for Seneca Waterways, registered New York State trail guide, certified Voyageur, and longtime Boy Scout troop leader Yes. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "Winter Camping: How To Get Outdoors When It's Freezing Cold," 14 Feb. 2019 Here, a state-by-state guide to voter registration deadlines for the presidential election. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "2020 Election Voter Registration Deadlines: A State-by-State Guide," 12 Feb. 2019 Use online self-help guides, like this free one offered by The Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center of Durham and Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "How to Finally Overcome Your Fear of Flying," 31 Jan. 2019 Vulture, an entertainment website; Grub Street, a food and restaurant blog; the Cut, a women’s site; the Strategist, an e-commerce guide; and Intelligencer, a politics website—according to parent company New York Media. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "New York Magazine Editor Adam Moss Is Stepping Down," 15 Jan. 2019 Your guide, Tanaz Noble, is a formidable kayaker who’s broken records for paddling uncharted waters between many of the Andaman islands. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019 There’s now a traditional, easy-to-navigate grid programming guide. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Verge Cord Cutter’s Guide: hardware, software, and services," 20 Dec. 2018 Top-rated by leading independent buyers guide, reg. Country Living, "Sleep Better Tonight," 2 Oct. 2018 Among the unusual aspects of a Tauck cruise tour is the presence of several full-time tour directors who serve as always-present guides, problem solvers, organizers and traveling companions. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Exclusive events, all-inclusive fares: Inside the Tauck formula for small-ship cruising," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On the busy Saturday morning when Teen Vogue stopped by, Smith himself was greeting customers at the door, guiding them throughout the store, and working the coffee shop in the back. Charlotte Diamond, Teen Vogue, "This Gender-Neutral Store Aims to Create a Safe Space For Its Customer," 20 Mar. 2019 The researchers were able to examine loss from the trap by modifying the fields produced by the electrodes that guide and help trap the positrons. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 After a contentious four-way race for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair, Bustos was elected on Thursday, and will be in charge of guiding House Democrats through the 2020 campaign season. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Bustos will focus her attention on Middle America ahead of 2020.," 29 Nov. 2018 For this year’s rainy season, the algorithm guided humanitarian groups to the most critical areas and saved countless lives. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Tracking Disease Outbreaks From Space—And Trying To Prevent the Next One," 30 Aug. 2018 The little girl raised at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church on the corner of McDougall and Charlevoix in Detroit, grew up to be one of the world’s most respected electrical engineers who is helping guide the auto industry into the future. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A daughter of Detroit defies odds, takes car industry into the future," 13 July 2018 Two towboats have guided the barge down the Mississippi River and are towing it up the Ohio River to its temporary construction site in Covington. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "BB Riverboats new Ohio River cruise hub and bar arrives July 4," 3 July 2018 After six seasons of guiding the defense, Sean McDermott became the Bills head coach after the 2016 season. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "Panthers' Defense Belongs to Eric Washington Now," 27 June 2018 The 25-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Russian outfit CSKA Moscow and scored six goals in ten appearances for Kraso-Sinie and helped guide them to second place in the Russian Premier League. SI.com, "Galatasaray Chasing Leicester World Cup Star With Attacker '50%' Likely to Make Transfer," 2 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 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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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 How to pronounce guide (audio) \

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 How to pronounce guide (audio) \

Medical Definition of guide

: a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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