guide

noun
\ 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

guide

verb
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

Verb

guider noun

Synonyms for guide

Synonyms: Noun

attendant, companion, escort, guard

Synonyms: Verb

coach, counsel, lead, mentor, pilot, shepherd, show, tutor

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Verb

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

To get a step-by-step guide on how to complete the five looks, check out Sade's super cool video tutorial and follow along in the directions, below. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "5 Ways to Style Box Braids With A Scarf," 4 Feb. 2019 The Real Housewives of Constantinople, joked one friend—then rent an English-language audio guide at the entrance. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Check out Curbed’s holiday gift guide and foolproof book roundup. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals on furniture, bedding, and more," 24 Nov. 2018 In the first volume, which opens horizontally, the scholar Fabio Cleto provides a comprehensive essay on camp that is followed by a visual guide through the history of the camp sensibility. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "An Exclusive First Look at the Met’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” Catalog," 3 Apr. 2019 The princess spoke in detail about the inspiration for the gown in the show's audio guide. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "See a New Photo of Princess Eugenie in Her Zac Posen-Designed Wedding Reception Dress," 25 Mar. 2019 Besides her amazing fashion sense, the magazine also focused on Erin’s guide to Vancouver, where many of the network's Christmas movies are filmed. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'When Calls the Heart' Star Erin Krakow Shares Sultry Pictures from New Photoshoot," 24 Mar. 2019 Should you be tempted to fly down and see it in person, check out our guide to finding cheap flights. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "It's Not Too Early to Start Thinking About the July 2019 Solar Eclipse," 7 Jan. 2019 For more on Chicago, check out our comprehensive city guide, which lists our favorite bars, restaurants, hotels, and yes, even deep dish pizza joints. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "We Planned Your First Trip to Chicago: Travelogue Podcast," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Don't: Ask for Opinions Don't let the opinions of friends and family guide your hairstyle—wearing it up, down, in a twist, or in a bun is up to you alone, with the guidance and expertise of your wedding day hairstylist. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Avoid the 10 Biggest Hair Mistakes Brides Make," 13 Dec. 2018 Now, Bloomberg reports the company is on the verge of greatly expanding its effort to let viewers directly guide those narratives via choose-your-own-adventure style interactive prompts. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Report: Netflix to offer “choose-your-own-adventure” TV series," 2 Oct. 2018 The deputy responded that free-market policies should guide employers. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "Brazil's presidential debate held - without Da Silva," 9 Aug. 2018 Private transfers from the airport, pre-cruise hotels, post-cruise hotels, guided tours and almost all meals on and off the ship –it's all part of the package. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Exclusive events, all-inclusive fares: Inside the Tauck formula for small-ship cruising," 13 July 2018 Investigators said the girls’ mother was guiding the horse when the incident occurred. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "12-Year-Old California Girl Crushed to Death by Fallen Horse as Sister, 4, Fights for Her Life," 12 July 2018 The foundation funded the early stages of research on Jynarque and guided PKD patients into the clinical trials. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Partnership that began in KC 35 years ago yields first treatment for kidney disease," 29 June 2018 Apricot STEM Fair a State Fair atmosphere with hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities, demonstrations, guided tours and an apricot tasting competition that anyone can enter. SFChronicle.com, "Gay Pride and other events," 22 June 2018 Companies are using HoloLens to overlay instructions and other visuals that can guide workers through machine repairs, among other tasks. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Microsoft’s Hype Strategy for HoloLens Is to Avoid It," 24 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of guide

Noun

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

Verb

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

noun

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.

guide

verb

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)

guide

noun
\ 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

guide

verb
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.

guide

noun
\ ˈgīd How to pronounce guide (audio) \

Medical Definition of guide

: a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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