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Definition of guide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one that leads or directs another's way needed a guide for the safari
b : a person who exhibits and explains points of interest The museum guide was very helpful.
c : something that provides a person with guiding information used the stars as a guide to find their way back
e : a person who directs another's conduct or course of life He was my mentor and guide during the early years of my career.
2a : a device for steadying or directing the motion of something The jigsaw was equipped with a guide.
b : a ring or loop for holding the line of a fishing rod in position
c : a sheet or a card with projecting tab for labeling inserted in a card index to facilitate reference
3 : a member of a unit on whom the movements or alignments of a military command are regulated used especially in commandsguide right


guided; guiding

Definition of guide (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to act as a guide to : direct in a way or course He guided us around the city.
2a : to direct, supervise, or influence usually to a particular end You'll need a lawyer to guide you through the legal system.
b : to superintend the training or instruction of A respected educator guided his studies.

intransitive verb

: to act or work as a guide

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guider noun

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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guide, lead, steer, pilot, engineer mean to direct in a course or show the way to be followed. guide implies intimate knowledge of the way and of all its difficulties and dangers. guided the scouts through the cave lead implies showing the way and often keeping those that follow under control and in order. led his team to victory steer implies an ability to keep to a course and stresses the capacity of maneuvering correctly. steered the ship through a narrow channel pilot suggests guidance over a dangerous or complicated course. piloted the bill through the Senate engineer implies finding ways to avoid or overcome difficulties in achieving an end or carrying out a plan. engineered his son's election to the governorship

Examples of guide in a Sentence

Noun We hired a guide for our trip to the mountains. He was my friend and my guide in the early years of my career. They used the stars as a guide to find their way back. If past experience is any guide, we're in for a long and difficult project. Verb He guided us around the city. He claims that there were unknown forces guiding the outcome of the election. He carefully guided the ship into the harbor. She guided her team to victory. Let your conscience guide you. Her example helped to guide me toward a career in medicine. In his work, he has always been guided by a desire to help other people. programs to help guide teenagers away from drug use She had a guiding influence on my decision. His guiding principle when he built his house was that bigger was better.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mortgage payments may come next, if Italy’s experience with the virus is any guide. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Bailouts Don’t Distort the Market — They Address Its Failures," 16 Mar. 2020 Keep in mind, this WHO guide is for large batches of sanitizer designed for use by large communities, not individuals. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "What to Know Before Making Your Own DIY Sanitizer," 15 Mar. 2020 For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages. Rebecca Liebson, New York Times, "Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Latest Updates," 12 Mar. 2020 If music festivals are more your thing, check out our comprehensive guide to every music festival announced so far for 2020. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Here are the best 2020 concerts we've seen so far in Phoenix," 12 Mar. 2020 Still, in lieu of mechanically testing each of the hundreds of thousands of stones that remain in the cathedral, color could be a useful guide to their strength. Christa Lesté-lasserre, Science | AAAS, "Scientists are leading Notre Dame’s restoration—and probing mysteries laid bare by its devastating fire," 12 Mar. 2020 Canceling trips There are many reasons to expect people won’t be doing much traveling for a while, if history is any guide. Kevin Berry, The Conversation, "Coronavirus and tourism: Places like Alaska without a severe COVID-19 outbreak could still be devastated," 12 Mar. 2020 Prune Early spring is time for pruning trees and shrubs—check our guides for pruning everything from fruit trees to woody vines. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Clear Decks, Fresh Mulch, Can’t Lose: Our Garden Spring Cleaning Guide," 10 Mar. 2020 Be sure to check out our guides to the Best Soundbars and Best 4K Streaming Devices. Parker Hall, Wired, "The Best Projectors (and 2 Screens) You Can Buy," 8 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Airplanes coming into McCarran International Airport were being guided by other nearby air traffic controllers, the FAA said in a statement. USA TODAY, "Testing robots, toilet paper thefts, legal fights: News from around our 50 states," 20 Mar. 2020 Instead, companies are guided by the concept of materiality—that is, whether a reasonable investor would find the information important in making an investment decision, lawyers said. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Companies Have Discretion Over Whether to Disclose Coronavirus Infections," 14 Mar. 2020 In chemotherapy, too, genetics can guide the choice of treatment in ways that other indicators cannot. The Economist, "Pharmacogenomics can show what your body makes of a drug," 14 Mar. 2020 Often guided by tips from local villagers, Shi and her colleagues had to hike for hours to potential sites and inch through tight rock crevasses on their stomach. Jane Qiu, Scientific American, "How China’s “Bat Woman” Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus," 11 Mar. 2020 The situation in relation to other events & mass gatherings is under review & will be guided by public health advice. NBC News, "Ireland cancels St. Patrick's Day festivities over coronavirus concerns," 9 Mar. 2020 The lion was taken by a hunter guided by Pete Fick Safaris in the Bubye Valley Conservancy, an 850,000-acre reserve in southern Zimbabwe. Ralph P. Stuart, Outdoor Life, "13 Amazing Animal Mounts," 6 Mar. 2020 Players vied to send their pieces to the center of a coiled, snake-like board, traveling counter-clockwise as guided by dice rolls. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Board Games of the Ancient World," 6 Feb. 2020 Elections are run by administrators who do it for a living, are guided by state laws and regulations, and practice their craft several times a year. Charles Stewart Iii, Wired, "The Saving Grace of the Iowa Caucus Meltdown," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of guide


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for guide

Noun and Verb

Middle English gide, guide, from Anglo-French, from Old Occitan guida, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English wītan to look after, witan to know — more at wit

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The first known use of guide was in the 14th century

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23 Mar 2020

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“Guide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of guide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who leads or directs other people on a journey
: a person who shows and explains the interesting things in a place
: a person who helps to direct another person's behavior, life, career, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of guide (Entry 2 of 2)

: to direct or lead (someone)
: to direct or control the path or course of (something)
: to direct or influence the thoughts or behavior of (someone)


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Kids Definition of guide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone or something (as a book) that leads, directs, or shows the right way


guided; guiding

Kids Definition of guide (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to show the way to She'll guide you on your tour.
2 : to direct or control the course of The coach guided the team to victory.
3 : direct entry 1 sense 6, instruct Let your conscience guide you.


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Medical Definition of guide

: a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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