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

Democracy For more on today’s hearings, read this guide from me and my colleague Adi Robertson. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Congress is getting better at questioning social media executives," 6 Sep. 2018 Use this guide and learn which actions send the right messages. Rita Perwich, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Send the right blooming messages to your roses," 5 July 2018 This guide will direct you to your state assembly or legislature's website. refinery29.com, "How You Can Help Keep Abortion Safe & Legal In Light Of Justice Kennedy Retiring," 28 June 2018 This guide contains all of The Bee's pre-draft coverage, diving into the intrigue surrounding the three favorites: Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. and Luka Doncic, an overseas teen sensation for Real Madrid. Jon Schultz, sacbee, "A procrastinator's guide to the Sacramento Kings’ 2018 NBA draft," 21 June 2018 Use this guide to find 10 worthwhile museum stops in Europe this summer. Sarah Maiellano, USA TODAY, "The best museum exhibits in Europe this summer," 18 June 2018 Consider this a skeptic’s guide to actually having fun at one of these things. Cari Romm, The Cut, "How to Actually Have Fun at Your College Reunion," 15 June 2018 Use this guide to find a ripe melon every single time. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "How to Pick the Perfect Melon," 3 June 2018 Check out this handy guide to navigating some of the next three months of festival action. Billboard, "A Guide to Planning Summer Music Festival Season 2018," 2 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From guided night walks to musical pub crawls, specialized tours highlight unique, local experiences or historical themes. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Specialized tours enrich travel," 14 Nov. 2018 There’s an oh-so-English affect to the staffers guiding visitors from the station to the entrance, kitted out in scarlet red capes and pillbox hats like flunkies on loan from Buckingham Palace. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Chinese Tourists Are Changing the Travel Landscape," 2 Nov. 2018 The research center will also assist those seeking help, and guide best practice for training and other services. Trevor Marshallsea, Fox News, "PM formally apologizes to Australian child sex abuse victims," 22 Oct. 2018 This necessitated nuclear propulsion, a deep diving capability, powerful sonar, and long range guided weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy’s Next Attack Submarine Will Be Big, Expensive," 22 Oct. 2018 Their parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, looked on proudly, and not far away from the young royals was a woman who also plays a significant role in guiding and caring for them: Their nanny, Maria Borrallo. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Hire a Nanny When Their Baby Is Born?," 18 Oct. 2018 The new National Academy of Sciences report feeds into a decadal priority-setting system in the astronomy community that guides NASA's long-term strategy. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "To Find Alien Life, NASA Needs Bigger, Bolder Exoplanet-Hunting Telescopes," 5 Sep. 2018 While Farr’s master development plan for the property hasn’t been formally adopted by the Village Board, it should be used as a reference and guide by the three firms in crafting their own proposals, the village said. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "3 firms compete to develop state-owned site in Tinley Park," 13 July 2018 The observatory offers both daytime solar viewings and guided constellation tours at night. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 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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