guide·post | \ˈgīd-ˌpōst \

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Examples of guidepost in a Sentence

The guidepost said that the camp was to the left.

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Whatever their ages, all of us are part of Generation Rx — a huge, uncontrolled experiment with little precedent and few guideposts. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories," 17 Apr. 2018 In order to give people a guidepost of what we ... That there’s some places that work. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Business management expert and author Tom Peters on Recode Decode," 7 July 2018 But mostly, candidates are exploiting their biographies and touting their endorsements from local officeholders, who can serve as guideposts for voters who don’t know the candidates. New York Times, "What Is That Crowd? It’s the Field of Candidates. Now Pick One.," 1 June 2018 The book’s parting shot: Reality TV may be our best guidepost for understanding modern love. Wired Staff, WIRED, "12 Books You Must Read This Summer," 25 May 2018 Let Linden’s and the Rabbit’s Porta-Potty incidents serve as guideposts for what does not constitute sportsmanship. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Unwritten Rules of Sportsmanship," 15 May 2018 The oligarchs list was intended as a guidepost to inform possible U.S. sanctions, though inclusion on the list didn’t necessarily mean that the individual would be ultimately sanctioned by the U.S. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Senators Ask Banks for Information on Accounts Linked to Putin Allies," 25 Apr. 2018 The website of Juventud Rebelde simply showed the Cuban flag as a guidepost, with all roads leading to socialism. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, "In Cuba’s National Assembly, Raúl Castro marks last hours of his family’s rule," 18 Apr. 2018 The website of Juventud Rebelde simply showed the Cuban flag as a guidepost, with all roads leading to socialism. Author: Anthony Faiola, Anchorage Daily News, "Castro era in Cuba nears end as a single candidate for leadership change emerges," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of guidepost

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of guidepost

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


guide·post | \ˈgīd-ˌpōst \

Kids Definition of guidepost

: a post with signs giving directions for travelers

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