\ 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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Other Words from guide


guider noun

Synonyms for guide

Synonyms: Noun

attendant, companion, escort, guard

Synonyms: Verb

coach, counsel, lead, mentor, pilot, shepherd, show, tutor

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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


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.


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

Errol Thurston is a boat captain who runs a guide service in Marsh Harbour, a town in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "A man bought 100 generators to help the Bahamas. They're being delivered by boat," 5 Sep. 2019 The Abacos, the islands east of Grand Bahama, are particularly vulnerable to hurricanes, said Stephen Bennett, editorial director of an online travel guide, Washington Post, "Hurricane Dorian leaves terrible destruction in Bahamas as it rolls toward U.S.," 3 Sep. 2019 Elephants eat peanuts, one of my fishing guide buddies likes to say. Frank Sargeant, al, "Should anglers use finesse lures for Alabama bass?," 1 Sep. 2019 Three of the Alices subsequently co-wrote an e-book guide to group writing. Ceridwen Dovey, The New Yorker, "Can You Write a Novel as a Group?," 30 Aug. 2019 And as the Bayou City continues to grow, the unofficial guide to being a good Houstonian changes, too. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Etiquette rules Houstonians need to follow now," 30 Aug. 2019 An interactive guide The increased polling and fundraising thresholds have proved difficult for many candidates, and four Democratic candidates have dropped out of the race since the previous debate in July. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Lineup cut in half: Here's who made the third Democratic presidential debate," 29 Aug. 2019 Could there be a connection between the dead mountain guide and the official? Richard Lipez, Dallas News, "Lisbeth Salander is back -- and angrier than ever," 26 Aug. 2019 Kilimanjaro hikers are accompanied by a support staff of guides and porters — porters transport gear and supplies for the hikers up and down the mountain. Megan Woodward,, "‘We couldn’t believe we just did that’: Liberty grad, Susquehanna senior Kasey Bost recounts trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In February 2014, Monk was appointed the player-manager of Swansea and, after guiding the Swans to Premier League safety, he was given the role on a permanent basis that summer., "Garry Monk Unveiled as New Sheffield Wednesday Manager," 6 Sep. 2019 Participate in fungus forays: guided mushroom walks with mycologists. Anchorage Daily News, "Autumn activities are back: Fungus fair, fall harvest tea and moose madness," 5 Sep. 2019 But in Milwaukee, Masur also will have the responsibility of guiding the orchestra's transition into a new home, the former Warner Grand Theatre at 212 W. Wisconsin Ave. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New music director Ken-David Masur begins Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's big year of transition," 4 Sep. 2019 Damien, under the direction of first-year coach Matt Bechtel, who guided South Hills to a CIF Southern Section Division VI championship last season, topped Claremont after kicking off its season with a 24-7 defeat to Glendora. Charles Rich, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Weekly Football Previews: La Cañada vs. Viewpoint; St. Francis vs. Damien; Flintidge Prep vs. Sage Hill," 3 Sep. 2019 There, trained mentors guided residents through recovery with the aim of transitioning them back to school. Rebecca Tan, Longreads, "Paul Clarke Wants to Live," 3 Sep. 2019 There was an explosion of management books featuring Six Sigma, offering everything from study guides to tailored applications for healthcare and accounting to the inevitable Six Sigma for Dummies. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "Whatever happened to Six Sigma?," 3 Sep. 2019 Damien, under the direction of first-year coach Matt Bechtel, who guided South Hills to a CIF Southern Section Division VI championship last season, topped Claremont after kicking off its season with a 24-7 defeat to Glendora. Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press, "Football Previews: CV vs. Montebello; Prep vs. Sage Hill; St. Francis vs. Damien; Glendale vs. San Gabriel," 3 Sep. 2019 After coaching at North Carroll High School for 24 years, and guiding the Panthers to 1A state titles in 2013 and 2014, Koontz is back as Man Valley’s coach. Pat Stoetzer,, "Fall Sports Previews: 3 things to watch for field hockey in 2019," 31 Aug. 2019

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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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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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