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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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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 Many of these picks are in our guides to the best iPhones and best Android phones. Wired, "The Best Smartphones That Still Have a Headphone Jack," 16 Sep. 2019 Ready yourself by following our five-step earthquake preparedness guide and building your own emergency kit. Los Angeles Times, "Earthquake: 3.8 quake near Coachella, Calif.," 16 Sep. 2019 Tyler Gottfredson, operations manager for Alaska River Adventures, said the smoke sent one of his rafting guides to the emergency room. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘This town is just exhausted’: Cooper Landing wrestles with aftermath of a summer lost to wildfire," 15 Sep. 2019 The loss of David to his family is incalculable, but their experience of him will be their guide forever., "David J. Calchera," 15 Sep. 2019 Our guide took us into an old building that used to serve as a command center for shuttle missions. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "It's hot and humid in Houston, but space attractions and free stuff make it worth the trip," 11 Sep. 2019 And make sure to check out our opinionated guide to Denver’s top fast-casual food. Josie Sexton, The Know, "So many burritos: 15 fast-casual restaurants that started in Colorado and made it big," 11 Sep. 2019 But the app shouldn’t be our sole guide through the visual world. Sophie Haigney, New York Times, "Wondering Who Did That Painting? There’s an App (or Two) for That," 11 Sep. 2019 Check out our exclusive guide and follow along on her Philippines adventure to uncover the allure of El Nido. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: Discover Gorgeous Hidden Beaches In El Nido, Philippines," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mariota had guided the Titans to 12 fourth-quarter comebacks during his first four seasons in the NFL. oregonlive, "Marcus Mariota rues missed opportunities during the Tennessee Titans’ loss to the Colts," 16 Sep. 2019 Later that day, at a bend in the Kenai River, guide Carl Coulliette rowed a boat to shore on a clear evening. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘This town is just exhausted’: Cooper Landing wrestles with aftermath of a summer lost to wildfire," 15 Sep. 2019 The park guides for our group were enthusiastically on board with this emphasis on accuracy and were eager to help us engage with Anangu stories and philosophy. National Geographic, "Why Australia is banning climbers from this iconic natural landmark," 15 Sep. 2019 The Liverpool manager guided the Reds to Champions League glory last year, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final, and the 52-year-old will be desperate to win the Premier League and end the Merseysiders' long wait for domestic glory., "Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Reveals Why He Doesn't Wear a Suit on the Anfield Touchline," 14 Sep. 2019 Like many Chinese state enterprises, CRRC is guided by Beijing’s Made in China 2025 plan, which lays out an agenda to dominate key industries. New York Times, "Fearing ‘Spy Trains,’ Congress May Ban a Chinese Maker of Subway Cars," 14 Sep. 2019 If paddling is more your speed, Midcoast Kayak offers guided tours of nearby Muscongus Bay (, perfect for beginners., "Skip Saturday soccer (and get away) - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 Attendees could receive guided tours of the stations, sign up for free smoke detectors and participate in hands-only CPR demonstrations. Robin Goist,, "Akron opens two new fire stations," 12 Sep. 2019 As the founder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell guided the careers of Bob Marley, U2, Cat Stevens and more. Dan Rys, Billboard, "In Jamaica With Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell," 12 Sep. 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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The first known use of guide was in the 14th century

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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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