guide

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noun

1
a
: 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.
2
a
: 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

guide

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verb

guided; guiding

transitive verb

1
: to act as a guide to : direct in a way or course
He guided us around the city.
2
a
: 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
guider noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Robinhood offers educational resources, including articles, tutorials, and investment guides, covering topics such as stock market 101, investing strategies and financial planning. Stephanie Tsai, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Apr. 2024 The city’s new website will feature a sorting guide. Dana Oland, Idaho Statesman, 8 Apr. 2024 Here are some of the best things to do this week in San Diego, from Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12. Check back Wednesday for our guide to things to do this weekend, or check out our San Diego guides for more ideas. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 Suddenly our guide, Alex Phiri, stopped and raised his hand, bringing his finger to his lips. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2024 Vionic, for instance, landed itself on Oprah’s beloved gift guide for three consecutive years. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 Scroll on to read Travel + Leisure’s guide to Charlotte, North Carolina. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2024 Update: April 6, 2024, 8:30 am: This guide was updated to include new guidance for DuckDuckGo and Ghostery, as well as to bring some descriptions of browser providers' data collection policies up to date. David Nield, WIRED, 6 Apr. 2024 This is part of Off Season Italy, a collection of guides highlighting the year-round appeal of Italy's most popular destinations, courtesy of our favorite local tastemakers. Maddalena Fossati, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Apr. 2024
Verb
But this is a debate about which kind of economics should guide policy, rather than abandoning it altogether as the GOP has done. TIME, 10 Apr. 2024 Republican lawmakers created legislation to guide how it was spent, which is where the PFAS bill came into play. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2024 The rise of proxy advisers: Institutional investors, who have stakes in many companies, rely on proxy advisers — firms that review company data — to guide their voting on corporate decisions due to the challenge of assessing each company themselves. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 9 Apr. 2024 When the pilot’s plane engine suffers a total electrical shutdown and runs out of fuel, a mysterious pilot (played by Travolta) appears in the mist to guide him to safety. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 8 Apr. 2024 For years, Tesla and federal regulators have been aware of problems with Autopilot following lane lines, including cars being guided in the wrong direction of travel and placed in the path of cross-traffic — with sometimes fatal results. Trisha Thadani, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 Israel has purchased much of its critical equipment from the United States, including fighter jets, helicopters, air defense missiles, and both unguided and guided bombs, which have been dropped in Gaza. Edward Wong, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 Tribes are being consulted to guide the project, officials said, but some have claimed they’re being sidelined. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 For Muslims, for instance, the sighting of the moon has long signaled the start of the month of Ramadan, a period of fasting and religious reflection that traces its roots to the seventh century C.E. Since then, Muslims have turned to the skies to guide their Ramadan observances. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near guide

Cite this Entry

“Guide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guide. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

guide

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: one that leads or directs another on a course
b
: a person who shows and explains points of interest (as on a tour)
c
: something that provides guiding information
a street guide
2
: a device for steadying or directing the motion of something

guide

2 of 2 verb
guided; guiding
1
: to act as a guide : conduct
guide a group on a tour
2
a
: manage sense 1, direct
guide a boat through the rapids
guidable
ˈgīd-ə-bəl
adjective

Medical Definition

guide

noun
: a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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