\ 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

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 Your guide to cruising, road tripping, and flying when pregnant, including how to prepare, what to pack, when to go, and more. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 10 July 2021 Here’s a guide to what the order could mean for your money, job and health. WSJ, 9 July 2021 Our guide, Doug Coleman, gave photographer Wendy the opportunity to capture the bracing saunter just behind a larger tour group. Mike And Wendy Pramik, USA TODAY, 4 July 2021 Hopefully, this guide on how to safely travel domestically and internationally can help. Matt Jancer, Wired, 4 July 2021 Here’s a guide to some of the series that have been renewed, been well received, or at least may be worth checking out. oregonlive, 30 June 2021 Here’s a two day guide of the best things to eat, drink, do and see while adventuring on the Monterey Peninsula. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Here’s a guide to some of the different types of hot sauces and their uses. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 Our guide – both as narrator and central character – is Usnavi – pushing 30, running the store his parents started, but dreaming of returning to the Dominican Republic. Mike Hughes, The Enquirer, 15 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Each hourlong episode features a celebrity from sports, music or entertainment giving a surprise home renovation to a meaningful person who has helped guide their success. al, 9 July 2021 As for what’s next, Tapper said COVID-TV has helped guide her own purpose. Alison Bowen,, 7 July 2021 The Washington native helped guide a group that allowed just nine sacks and 23 tackles for loss in four games last season. Matt Murschel,, 4 July 2021 Altius has helped guide Indiana as the department has drafted its own NIL policy. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 1 July 2021 That ruling helped guide the 4th Circuit's decision in the Grimm case and the Biden administration's position on Title IX protections. Fox News, 28 June 2021 Jeff Smith, frontman for the San Antonio band the Hickoids, which had a long relationship with Taco Land, helped guide the project. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 18 June 2021 Watson was named the Big 12 rower of the year and helped guide Texas to the first NCAA championship in program history. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 17 June 2021 An antique postcard of the house found on eBay helped guide the restoration work. oregonlive, 11 June 2021

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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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16 Jul 2021

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“Guide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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.


\ ˈgīd How to pronounce guide (audio) \

Medical Definition of guide

: a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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