\ ˈgīd How to pronounce guide (audio) \

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 commands guide 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

Synonyms for guide

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 Merrill said Democrats, not just Republicans, can use his commission's report as a guide. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Republicans draw up 'road map' to 'make it easier to vote and harder to cheat'," 8 Apr. 2021 Incorporate generous amounts of organic materials and other amendments, using the results of a soil analysis as a guide. oregonlive, "Oregon gardeners, here’s your April to-do list," 7 Apr. 2021 The emails often included attachments of explicit photos of his fake persona as a guide and promised to send the victim gift cards at the end of the study, authorities said. Alanna Durkin Richer,, "Former Chicago college track coach charged in nude photo scheme in Boston," 7 Apr. 2021 Magnusmode developed the app, MagnusCards, as a guide to help make shopping trips more accessible and comfortable. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Trader Joe's partners with life skills app developer to help those with autism," 5 Apr. 2021 Big on Little Rock branding launch, and the idea was to publish this as a physical cycling guide. Karen Martin, Arkansas Online, "A definitive guide on where to ride," 4 Apr. 2021 Eventually, the humans formulate a plan that involves moving Kong out of his protective bubble to serve as a guide on a trip to the center of the Earth. Los Angeles Times, "How the ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ team approached those spectacular kaiju fights," 2 Apr. 2021 Dads serve as a guide to help their little girls grow intro strong and independent women. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, "Father Daughter Quotes and Sayings to Warm Your Heart," 31 Mar. 2021 The rest of the Godzilla vs. Kong plot is overly cluttered and instantly forgettable: Simmons enlists Lind’s aid in trekking to Hollow Earth in search of some secret power source, with Kong as a guide. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Godzilla vs. Kong Pairs Two Formidable Monster Foes—Too Bad About the People," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unsteady, police had to guide the man into a jail cell. cleveland, "Drunk driver from El Salvador drives over lawns, strikes home: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 8 Apr. 2021 His size stands out, and Hayden said his knack for plunking balls into the net from different angles will guide him toward a fruitful career. Aaron Kasinitz, Dallas News, "At 18 years old, FC Dallas’ Ricardo Pepi has a shot to make his family’s sacrifices worthwhile," 8 Apr. 2021 The Longhorns were in a rut with Rick Barnes, who had failed to guide the program into the NCAA Tournament’s second weekend since 2008, and the youthful VCU coach with a Final Four pedigree epitomized a fresh start. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas' Shaka Smart preparing to leave for Marquette," 26 Mar. 2021 President Gersson Rosas has some core principles that guide his roster building, and one of those beliefs is that the trade market is among the primary ways to upgrade this team. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "No deals, but did the Timberwolves lay groundwork for a John Collins trade?," 26 Mar. 2021 The 16-member committee and its architect are likely to use a resident survey to help guide them into the specifics of the expansion and renovation project. Steven Goode,, "Bloomfield library looking at expansion plans," 18 Mar. 2021 Smugglers, who charge desperate migrants to ferry and guide them into America, are using the change of administration to drum up business. The Economist, "Joe Biden faces a humanitarian crisis at the southern border," 16 Mar. 2021 Along with his passion for learning, he's developed an immense appreciation for the experts, mentors and coaches who have helped guide his interests, especially into adulthood. Adam Renuart, CNN, "Former NBA star Pau Gasol is determined to help others after retiring from the game," 27 Feb. 2021 While atypical CEOs are in a strong position to guide companies into this new era of uncertainty, the likelihood to climb the greasy pole of success is much higher with an MBA from Harvard and a stint at McKinsey. Christian Stadler, Forbes, "Why Atypical CEOs Have An Edge," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Guide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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)


\ ˈgīd How to pronounce guide (audio) \

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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