\ 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

Other Words from guide


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bronk said their tour guide recommended the ferry over a small plane out of town. Claire Stremple, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 Our tour guide is from England and has lived in Italy for 20-plus years. John-michael Mulloy, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2022 This is more like a luxury yacht' Matthew Walsh, the Adrienne’s captain and tour guide, has been working on luxury barges in France since 1979. Dan Fellner, The Arizona Republic, 4 Aug. 2022 Now, author and former cemetery tour guide Adam Selzer has a new book revealing hundreds of stories — and more than a few secrets — of the historical figures resting on the sprawling grounds. Ariel Cheung, Chicago Tribune, 4 Aug. 2022 The Emmy Award winner, 67, turned heads atop a double-decker bus in New York City last Wednesday, playing tour guide to a group of devoted fans who bought tickets. Nick Maslow, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 The warm and welcoming hotel staff went above-and-beyond to make every detail of my stay exceptional, from scheduling cars to arranging excursions and a top-notch tour guide. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Vidal, the New York City tour guide facing a roughly 70% rent increase, received some of that relief last month. Max Zahn, ABC News, 29 July 2022 Join an arboretum tour guide for a walk to view and learn about rare coniferous trees. oregonlive, 22 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But more broadly, Simpson says Apple’s innovative approach to retail helped guide his ideas of what this Wheelhouse location should be like, given the space’s emphasis on marketing and imagery. Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 July 2022 That conversation and epiphany helped guide Hawke’s scope for the six-part documentary, which was produced by CNN Films and is streaming now on HBO Max (which like CNN is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery). Yenny Sanchez, CNN, 26 July 2022 Glanzer and the Comic-Con board helped guide the launch of the museum, and Comic-Con 2022 will be the first where the summer event and the museum coexist. Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 In addition to helping Gilbert perfect her craft as an actress, Landon also helped guide her off screen. Lanae Brody,, 1 July 2022 Bandy, who joined the health department in 1993, previously helped guide efforts to dramatically reduce rates of new HIV infections over the last three decades. Globe Staff,, 23 June 2022 His offensive and defensive impact helped guide the Gators to the state semifinals for just the second time in program history. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 7 June 2022 Beginning in his junior year of high school, Gilberto met monthly with his mentor, Mark, who helped guide him to graduation and in navigating college enrollment, financial aid, and all of the critical decisions that come after high school. Imentor, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Fisher was Saban’s offensive coordinator at LSU two decades ago, when the duo in giddier times helped guide the Tigers to the 2003 national title. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 20 May 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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