guide·​post | \ ˈgīd-ˌpōst How to pronounce guidepost (audio) \

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The guidepost said that the camp was to the left.
Recent Examples on the Web Armed with some solid reference material that laid out the guideposts of how developing civilizations became civilizations, Meier and his team knocked together some early Civ prototypes. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: Ars talks Civilization with the man himself: Sid Meier," 23 Sep. 2019 This week in the night sky Moon buzzes the Beehive: After dark on Saturday, look in the eastern sky for the waning gibbous moon, which will act as a guidepost to hunt down the bright Beehive star cluster in the constellation Cancer, the crab. National Geographic, "Is the sun getting stranger?," 11 Dec. 2019 The waxing gibbous moon will act as a convenient guidepost. National Geographic, "Should we sacrifice our skies for 5G service?," 4 Dec. 2019 Her example will always be a guidepost and her memory will forever make a difference in the lives of her family., "Deaths in South Florida: 9/25," 25 Sep. 2019 Eight goals by 2030 The plan's eight specific 2030 goals are split between two of the plan's 2050 guideposts. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Cummins' most ambitious environmental plan yet targets net-zero emissions by 2050," 15 Nov. 2019 Back to another semester of academic honors, to the pleasures of campus life where in extra-curricula activities as in fashion, the guidepost to good taste is moderation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Back to school fashion in 1950," 27 Aug. 2019 Exploring the unfamiliar environments in the deep sea reveals tangible guideposts for exploring space. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "NASA eyes the ocean: How the deep sea could unlock outer space," 23 Aug. 2019 That makes the bright star a convenient guidepost for hunting down the asteroid. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Spring meteor shower, and more top star-gazing events in April," 1 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of guidepost

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of guidepost was in 1738

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18 Jan 2020

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“Guidepost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of guidepost

chiefly US : a post next to a trail or road that has a sign on it with directions for travelers


guide·​post | \ ˈgīd-ˌpōst How to pronounce guidepost (audio) \

Kids Definition of guidepost

: a post with signs giving directions for travelers

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