guide·​line | \ ˈgīd-ˌlīn \

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

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An Amazon spokeswoman said the company is evaluating the guidelines. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "Amazon, Walmart Foiled as India Tightens E-Commerce Rules," 27 Dec. 2018 Not everyone’s symptoms and patterns fit neatly into the clinical guidelines for diagnosing bipolar disorder. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You to Know," 12 Dec. 2018 It's meant to last until 2026 when water users are scheduled to renegotiate the 2007 guidelines, but some provisions extend beyond that time. Felicia Fonseca, The Christian Science Monitor, "Arizona commits to producing drought plan for Colorado River," 29 June 2018 Short of rewriting the script for death notification, state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, is trying to change the guidelines around informing families of serious incidents, after speaking with advocates for the Coalition. Christie Thompson, sacbee, "Your loved one dies. The prison leaves a voicemail," 22 June 2018 Moroccan team officials appeared to ignore the guidelines. Kevin Baxter,, "Mexican soccer federation fined for discriminatory chants at World Cup," 20 June 2018 The document was produced specifically to comply with the Center for Democracy and Technology's guidelines to demonstrate a commitment to consumer privacy and trustworthiness for VPN providers. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Testing WireGuard with an early-adopter VPN service," 11 Dec. 2018 The list is generated by a top-secret poll of more than 500 booze world insiders from 58 countries, and uses careful guidelines to prevent any one city or bar from hacking the rankings. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is Officially the Best Bar in the World," 4 Oct. 2018 The hearing is expected to last two days, and the judge’s options are broad; in Pennsylvania, the state guideline range of about one to four years spans the gamut from a prison term to a jail stint to house arrest or probation. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault: A look at the case," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of guideline

1785, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of guideline

: a rule or instruction that shows or tells how something should be done


guide·​line | \ ˈgīd-ˌlīn \

Kids Definition of guideline

: a rule about how something should be done

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