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guide

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noun \ˈgīd\

Definition of guide

  1. 1a :  one that leads or directs another's way needed a guide for the safarib :  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 backd :  signpost 1e :  a person who directs another's conduct or course of life He was my mentor and guide during the early years of my career.

  2. 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 positionc :  a sheet or a card with projecting tab for labeling inserted in a card index to facilitate reference

  3. 3 :  a member of a unit on whom the movements or alignments of a military command are regulated —used especially in commands guide right

Examples of guide in a Sentence

  1. We hired a guide for our trip to the mountains.

  2. He was my friend and my guide in the early years of my career.

  3. They used the stars as a guide to find their way back.

  4. If past experience is any guide, we're in for a long and difficult project.

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Origin and Etymology of guide

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

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Definition of guide

guided

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guiding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act as a guide to :  direct in a way or course He guided us around the city.

  3. 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.

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to act or work as a guide

guider

noun

Examples of guide in a Sentence

  1. He guided us around the city.

  2. He claims that there were unknown forces guiding the outcome of the election.

  3. He carefully guided the ship into the harbor.

  4. She guided her team to victory.

  5. Let your conscience guide you.

  6. Her example helped to guide me toward a career in medicine.

  7. In his work, he has always been guided by a desire to help other people.

  8. programs to help guide teenagers away from drug use

  9. She had a guiding influence on my decision.

  10. His guiding principle when he built his house was that bigger was better.

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Origin and Etymology of guide

see 1guide

Synonym Discussion of guide

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


GUIDE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of guide for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of guide for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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guide

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noun \ˈgīd\

Definition of guide for Students

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


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guide

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Definition of guide for Students

guided

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guiding

  1. 1 :  to show the way to She'll guide you on your tour.

  2. 2 :  to direct or control the course of The coach guided the team to victory.

  3. 3 :  1direct 6, instruct Let your conscience guide you.


Medical Dictionary

guide

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noun \ˈgīd\

Medical Definition of guide

  1. :  a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife



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