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 The government said in its memorandum that Stone’s sentence should be consistent with federal sentencing guidelines for his crimes, a range of 87 to 108 months. Erik Larson / Bloomberg, Time, "Prosecutors Request 9-Year Prison Sentence for Trump Ally Roger Stone," 11 Feb. 2020 The person said its decision was in line with local guidelines that authorized businesses to reopen. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Working from home, temperature checks and quarantines: How China's companies are trying to get back to business," 10 Feb. 2020 In a sentencing memorandum filed Monday evening, prosecutors asked that Stone serve between 87 and 108 months in federal prison, in accordance with federal sentencing guidelines., "Feds seek 7 to 9 years in prison for Trump ally Roger Stone," 10 Feb. 2020 Those guidelines do not say anything about the current state of cybersecurity. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "The Lesson American Voters Can Learn from Iowa," 5 Feb. 2020 The application is available on our website along with the guidelines. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Deadline nears for Fort Bend County Fair scholarships," 14 Jan. 2020 Unlike bonds issued today, with stricter guidelines, Meadows’ obligations were backed by letters of credit from a large bank. David Migoya, The Denver Post, "Even Highlands Ranch metro districts, which are considered successful, remain nearly $30 million in debt," 5 Dec. 2019 Teams are allowed to form with specific guidelines., "Rec Sports: Tryouts & Registrations for Dec. 1, 2019," 30 Nov. 2019 Now, even with new federal guidelines urging doctors to exercise caution when tapering opioid medication, some practitioners are concerned that patients who may need opioids are not getting them. Sujata Srinivasan,, "Opioid backlash leaves some to struggle with chronic pain as physicians write fewer prescriptions," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of guideline

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of guideline was in 1785

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“Guideline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce guideline (audio) \

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: a rule about how something should be done

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