\ 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


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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An article on May 1 about the Fire Island Pines Historical Preservation Society, relying on incorrect information from a tour guide, misidentified the address of the house that once belonged to the dancer and actress Joan McCracken. New York Times, 15 May 2022 More Marvel coverage: For more MCU news, visit our Marvel guide. Chris Smith, BGR, 14 May 2022 And follow along as all the bubble shows await word on their futures with our renewal guide. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 With her new book, Smith aims to provide support and an easy-to-follow guide to not only look good on the outside but to feel confident and love yourself on the inside. Aley Arion, Essence, 13 May 2022 Historically the pich is the center for life and afterlife, according to Ukrainian tour guide Andriy Dorosch. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2022 And remember, although this gift guide is a lifesaver for Father’s Day, feel free to reference it for your dad’s birthday gifts and Christmas gifts, too. Brittany Natale, SELF, 13 May 2022 Go beyond the lens of compliance to create a welcoming guide that embodies your brand's voice. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 May 2022 With Hall of Fame vice president of exhibitions and collections Erik Strohl as his tour guide, Ortiz saw displays that highlighted Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, the early days of the Red Sox, and some moments from his own career. Peter Abraham,, 6 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here Vogue’s guide to the best Memorial Day clothing sales and deals happening right now. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 16 May 2022 Contrast media, also known as dye, is used virtually every hour in hospitals across the country to help measure arterial blockages around the heart, guide placement of stents in catheter labs, diagnose and treat strokes, and more. Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 Contrast media, also known as dye, is used virtually every hour in hospitals across the country to help measure arterial blockages around the heart, guide placement of stents in catheter labs, diagnose and treat strokes, and more. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Expert instructors guide students throughout each step in the workshop: sanding, distressing, staining, stencil painting and waxing. Charles Infosino, The Enquirer, 11 May 2022 The self-help expert’s guide to building good habits and breaking bad ones via tiny changes in behavior. The California Independent Booksellers Alliance, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 So when your next blood stain happens, follow Forté's easy how-to guide on how to get blood out of sheets (or other bed linens) to guarantee a better — well, cleaner — night's rest. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 The plan will guide facilities improvements and planning within the district for the next 10 years. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 Karen Williams will guide guests through the beginner steps of creating an acrylic painting. Hartford Courant, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Guide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ 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


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.


\ ˈgīd How to pronounce guide (audio) \

Medical Definition of guide

: a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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