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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Amrabat returned to action too soon according to medical guidelines. Steven Goff,, "FIFA president: World Cup could expand to 48 teams in 2022, ahead of schedule," 13 July 2018 The Dallas-Fort Worth Wildlife Coalition published guidelines alerting residents to how to identify and coexist with bobcats and why shooting or relocating the animal isn’t a feasible solution. Aditi Shrikant,, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018 Amrabat returned to action too soon according to medical guidelines. Steven Goff, Houston Chronicle, "FIFA president: World Cup could expand to 48 teams in 2022, ahead of schedule," 13 July 2018 Separately, several carriers told the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday that current guidelines on support animals need to be tightened. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The Score: The Business Week in 7 Stocks," 13 July 2018 Nextdoor has strict guidelines about what can be discussed. New York Times, "Nextdoor Is Betting a Social Network Can Still Be a Platform for Politics," 13 July 2018 The city offers guidelines that will ensure an optimal experience before/during filming or recording sessions. Pamela Miller, ajc, "Hapeville declares it’s camera ready," 12 July 2018 Most local school policies mirror the state's guidelines. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "A Carmel High School student's suicide raises questions over how schools discipline kids," 11 July 2018 Affinity Behavioral Health and its co-owners will also be required to take part in a 5-year program with oversight by a compliance officer to develop guidelines to prevent fraud within the center. Ruth Bruno,, "Norwich Mental Health Center Accused Of Fraudulently Billing State's Medicaid Program," 10 July 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


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: a rule about how something should be done

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