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

Definition of guidepost

Examples of guidepost in a Sentence

The guidepost said that the camp was to the left.

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But those familiar notes serve as a guidepost for the player to involve themselves in Control's bizarre spaces. Wired, "Control Is a Paranoiac's Dream Turned Into a Videogame," 29 Aug. 2019 Many people use dates on packages as guideposts and rely on their senses. Washington Post, "‘Sell By’ or what? US pushes for clarity on expiration dates," 6 June 2019 What kind of advantage will your brother have having both your dad’s and your career as a guidepost? Jeff Sanders, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Talking with ... Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.," 12 July 2019 Engineers and moderators who analyze the content people report are still identifying patterns, but some guideposts have emerged. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Inside Instagram's War on Bullying," 8 July 2019 This time, however, the crescent moon will act as a convenient guidepost, sitting only three degrees away from the star, a span equal to the width of your three middle fingers held at arm’s length. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Solstice arrives, and more top stargazing events in June," 31 May 2019 The department’s conclusions come as the business community and consumer advocates continue to look for guideposts on how Trump administration appointees are approaching major mergers. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "Justice Department Nearing Antitrust Approval of Health Mergers Combining CVS-Aetna, Cigna-Express Scripts," 5 Sep. 2018 There are few precedents in that area of the law to provide definitive guideposts about where to draw that line because past disputes have largely been resolved through negotiations and accommodations, so the matter never reached the Supreme Court. Charlie Savage Andjulie Hirschfeld Davis,, "Trump Asserts Executive Privilege on Census Documents Ahead of House Committee Contempt Vote," 12 June 2019 As issuance increases, funds that use the Bloomberg Barclays aggregate index as a guidepost for portfolio composition will wind up owning increasingly large amounts of Treasury debt. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Bond Indexes Bend Under Weight of Treasury Debt," 28 Nov. 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

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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