\ 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 That includes Steve Schmidt, who owns a fly shop in Salt Lake City and is a former guide and something of a legend among certain anglers in the West. Robert O'harrow Jr., Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 The book is a useful corporate style guide in that respect. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2022 Whatever happens, the forward PE ratio is an even less useful guide to future returns than usual. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2022 Claman is a wilderness guide and accomplished hiker, boater, skier and cyclist. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2022 Ultimately, if the history of hardware interfaces is any guide, they'll both be replaced by a new standard in a few years—perhaps the fledgling USB4—and there'll be a whole new set of differences to learn and subtleties to unravel. Tom Brant, PCMAG, 15 Sep. 2022 This is your ultimate guide to the best bachelorette activities, restaurants and bars in Old Town Scottsdale. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2022 To do so, the pro recommends letting the veins in your wrists be your guide. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 14 Sep. 2022 The shea butter and hyaluronic acid base of these lightweight hand creams is the same, so let the scent — creamy, spicy, floral vs. tropical and fruity — be your guide in choosing a favorite. Allure Editors, Allure, 13 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After Lance suffered a season-ending broken ankle in the first quarter of last Sunday’s game against Seattle, Garoppolo — with almost no preparation — stepped in and helped guide San Francisco to a 27-7 victory. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 Drivers should also consider putting together a Car Emergency Kit and checking out our Best Travel Mugs guide to round out the driving experience. Simon Hill, WIRED, 21 Sep. 2022 Police officers, some of whom had been brought in from far flung parts of the country, helped guide onlookers along. Time, 19 Sep. 2022 Plymouth Mayor Joe Kilduff, who helped guide Levy around the grounds, was curious to hear how Levy went from a one-time Trump critic to an eager supporter who won his last-minute endorsement in the primary. Lisa Hagen, Hartford Courant, 11 Sep. 2022 Visit the manufacturer's website for any specific instructions, then read our materials guide below. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Aug. 2022 Ahead of the rematch, Joshua parted ways with Rob McCracken, the trainer who helped guide him to a 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medal and later to the top of the heavyweight division as a professional. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2022 Laptop Deals Check out our Best Laptops guide for more recommendations. Haley Sprankle, Wired, 11 Aug. 2022 Zampella crossed the finish line in California alongside a runner who helped guide him from Achilles International, an organization that transforms the lives of people with disabilities through athletic programs and social connections. Vicki Salemi, Forbes, 8 Aug. 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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“Guide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 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.


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Medical Definition of guide

: a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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