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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 commandsguide 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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Price includes hotel transfers, boat ride, all meals and activities, gear rental, guide and national park fee. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "This Baja island adventure was too easy. Then things got a little too real," 21 Feb. 2020 Then there's this kind of a hybrid within that, which includes Fest 300, that [is] its own festival guide and magazine. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Is the Festival World Ready for Dynamic Pricing? With Everfest Acquisition, Qcue's Barry Kahn Thinks So," 4 Feb. 2020 Raúl Hernández Romero, a part-time guide and conservationist at Mexico's largest monarch butterfly reserve, was discovered dead Friday in the Mexican state of Michoacán, local authorities said in a statement released Saturday. Alaa Elassar And Natalie Gallón, CNN, "A second monarch butterfly conservationist has been found dead in Mexico," 3 Feb. 2020 In Japan, a tour guide and bus driver became infected after escorting two groups from Wuhan. Anchorage Daily News, "China death toll reaches 259; World Health Organization warns countries to prepare," 1 Feb. 2020 Submit your questions below, and the Wisconsin 2020 team — the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and WUWM-FM (89.7) - Milwaukee's NPR — will answer your questions in future stories, guides and radio programs. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What questions do you have about voting in Wisconsin?," 30 Jan. 2020 Boline’s company takes about 3,000 clients fishing every year and employs 20 seasonal guides and workers. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "The Tongass National Forest is a Wilderness on the Chopping Block," 16 Jan. 2020 Each of the bash goers will receive a tasting guide, and commemorative glass with their admission tickets., "Annual Barrel Aged Beer Bash returns to Jungle Jim's Jan. 18," 14 Jan. 2020 Based on spy photos, parts guides, and our sources within Ford and its suppliers, that doesn't seem to be the case. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Bronco: Get the Inside Story Before the Official Reveal," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amir made our whole meal fun, guiding us toward whole head-on shrimp with Japanese curry salt and katsu with chicken fat and bird’s eye chiles. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "A Sustainable Snowboard, the Tastiest Appetizer Ever, and More Things to See and Do (and Eat) in the West This Week," 18 Feb. 2020 Patagonia’s story appears to fit perfectly with the vision of B Lab, the nonprofit that guides companies through the B Corp certification process. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "How Patagonia became the B Corps poster child," 17 Feb. 2020 The plan presented in December guided for capital distribution of 40% through 2022. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "UniCredit Results Beat Expectations Despite Swing to Loss," 6 Feb. 2020 Gaby gave voice to the voiceless, and guided CBS News coverage for decades through the ever-changing landscape of Philippines history. CBS News, "Remembering Gaby Tabuñar, legendary CBS News foreign correspondent," 4 Feb. 2020 Warren will also probably have to guide the conference through a culture change at the heart of its greatest economic driver, television rights. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU is first stop on new Big Ten commissioner's 14-college tour," 29 Jan. 2020 Where his predecessor, Gen. H.R. McMaster, 67, looked to guide the president through an impartial lens, Bolton leveled his foreign policy doctrine directly and viewed his role as shaping the president's policy. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "'He'll turn your country into a parking lot': Trump loved that Bolton made him seem reasonable," 20 Jan. 2020 As part of the partnership, the Mavericks and Chime will collaborate on the Venture Entrepreneurial Expedition, a program to guide students through personal journeys to become entrepreneurs. Dallas News, "Win-Chimes: Mavericks announce new jersey-patch partnership source says could be worth up to $47 million," 18 Jan. 2020 The coach is embedded in day-to-day life and routines by guiding their clients through not only food concerns, but other areas of their life as well. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Why A Health Coach Is 2020's Spiritual Guru," 14 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of guide was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2020

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“Guide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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)


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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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