guideline

noun
guide·​line | \ ˈgīd-ˌlīn How to pronounce guideline (audio) \

Definition of guideline

: a line by which one is guided: such as
a : a cord or rope to aid a passer over a difficult point or to permit retracing a course
b : an indication or outline of policy or conduct

Examples of guideline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One budget guideline: If possible, try to spend only 50% of your monthly income on all of your necessities, such as food, rent, debt and transportation. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 Because of that, Pollak said the state created a two-tier guideline for quarantine: one if masks were worn and one if masks weren’t worn. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, 25 Mar. 2022 Grapefruit/Lime Juice: Must be fresh, obviously, but the thing to really say here is that grapefruits vary a bit in their relative sweetness and acidity levels, so take the above recipe as a guideline, not a gospel. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 24 Mar. 2022 The new guideline, which will affect children between the ages of 2 and 4, will go into effect April 4. Allison Prang, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 The guideline change raised a lot of questions, however. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, 13 May 2021 However, the American Federation of Teachers is apprehensive about the guideline change. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2021 Last year, the academy retired a guideline calculation based on the unproven idea that Black children faced lower risks than white kids for urinary infections. NBC News, 2 May 2022 Last year, the academy retired a guideline calculation based on the unproven idea that Black children faced lower risks than white kids for urinary infections. Lindsey Tanner, ajc, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of guideline

1785, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Guideline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guideline. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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guideline

noun
guide·​line | \ ˈgīd-ˌlīn How to pronounce guideline (audio) \

Kids Definition of guideline

: a rule about how something should be done

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