\ 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

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Other Words from guide


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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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


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.


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

Benedetto, the guide for our three-hour Pompeii tour, is also an archaeologist who spends six months a year on active digs at the site. Shelly Rivoli,, "Even with three kids in tow, there's no place like Rome," 11 July 2019 The guides were created using survey data collected from more than 60 programs and organizations. William Thornton |,, "Entrepreneurial tool Bham BizHub now available," 10 July 2019 For more information about the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration, check out the official IBE guide or visit Chris Sims is a digital producer at IndyStar. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Everything you need to know about Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration in Indianapolis," 10 July 2019 Three guides are required for the Big Daddy, which rents for $6,800. Marc Bona,, "Big flag requires big planning for All-Star Game spotlight at Progressive Field," 8 July 2019 On the six-day Seaside & Ancient Civilizations trip (starting at $4,499 per person), Backroads provided the bikes, hotels, most meals, transportation and two wonderful English-speaking Italian guides for our group of 15. Lori Rackl,, "The honeymoon’s not over: A return to Sicily uncovers new reasons to fall in love with this alluring island," 8 July 2019 There are only two Chinese-speaking tour guides in the country. Anna Pujol-mazzini, Time, "Violence in Mali Put an End to a Thriving Tourist Industry. Now the Government Wants to Tap Into China's Tourism Market," 18 June 2019 The death of a climber last week, after rockfall, was the first fatality on the route since 2014, when two guides and four climbers died after falling more than 3,000 feet, Bacher said. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "4 climbers stranded since Monday rescued from treacherous route on Mount Rainier," 6 June 2019 The death of the climber was the first fatality on the route since 2014, when two guides and four climbers died after falling more than 3,000 feet, according to park officials. CBS News, "Helicopter rescues 4 climbers who were stranded near Mount Rainier summit for days," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From delivering packages as a boy to a long standing leadership role, Maus and Hoffman prospered under his guiding hand., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/12," 12 July 2019 Angry demands, rather than rigorous arguments, now appear to guide university policy. Washington Post, "Weinstein overhauling legal team as trial looms in 60 days," 11 July 2019 The other resident on the ledge, a man also believed to be in his 20s, was guided inside and down an interior stairwell by firefighters. Jeremy C. Fox,, "Two people rescued from raging Lynn house fire," 11 July 2019 Coach of the Year Mike Reid, Mason: Reid guided Mason to its second consecutive OTCA state team championship. James Weber,, "Announcing 2018-19 Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky high school Spring All-Stars," 11 July 2019 Beijing has provided limited access to journalists and foreign diplomats in strictly guided tours of the facilities. Ben Westcott, CNN, "22 countries sign letter calling on China to close Xinjiang Uyghur camps," 11 July 2019 The other was a pledge to establish a high-level joint committee, as well as sub-committees where needed to guide and oversee the implementation of this agreement. Martin Plaut, Quartz Africa, "The glow of the historic accord between Ethiopia and Eritrea has faded," 9 July 2019 While anyone with a backcountry permit is free to hike the wilderness and camp overnight, several outfitters offer guided treks into the Denali wilderness. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Denali National Park and Preserve," 8 July 2019 Recently, Chase and ESSENCE partnered to create Currency Conversations, which is aimed at guiding Black women toward achieving their own financial success and empowerment. Chelsea Brasted, Essence, "Inaugural Global Black Economic Forum Launches With Messages Of Empowerment," 7 July 2019

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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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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.



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)


\ 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.


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Medical Definition of guide

: a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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