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

Examples of guidepost in a Sentence

The guidepost said that the camp was to the left.
Recent Examples on the Web Self determination and democracy are sacred guideposts. Harry Mazadoorian, Hartford Courant, 18 Apr. 2024 Furman, former White House chief economist in the Obama administration, said last year the 2% guidepost isn’t sancrosanct. Viktoria Dendrinou, Fortune, 26 May 2024 The bills being debated by the states are a guidepost for what is needed at the national level — disclosure of AI use, protections against bias and discrimination by algorithms, and oversight to ensure safe and fair use of autonomous decision tools. Kislaya Prasad, Baltimore Sun, 2 May 2024 San Diego’s pact 20 years ago to purchase Colorado River water from IID is the foundation of the plentiful local water supply today and the guidepost for potential future water transfers. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for guidepost 

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Word History

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of guidepost was in 1738

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“Guidepost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


guide·​post -ˌpōst How to pronounce guidepost (audio)
: a post (as at the fork of a road) with directions for travelers

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