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
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
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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