guide

noun
\ 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

guide

verb
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

Verb

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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Verb

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

If teenagers are any guide, Americans’ love affair with the automobile may no longer be something car makers can bank on. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Driving? The Kids Are So Over It," 20 Apr. 2019 Like the High Priestess of the tarot, Staci Ivori is many things: an intuitive guide, tarot reader, Reiki practitioner, herbalist, and educator. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 Scales are taxed, electronic scanners are taxed, promoters are taxed, dumpsters are taxed, outdoor billboards are taxed, bingo, water meters, tour guides … The zoo is a wondrous place. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Welcome to Taxadelphia, where you pay more than you realize | Stu Bykofsky," 10 July 2018 The insanely popular hair dryer brush is a best-seller on Amazon (and always sells out in all of our gift guides). Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "This Insanely Popular Hair Dryer Is the Perfect Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift," 26 Apr. 2019 As my guides would reveal, NorthPark is the drop-in Neiman for everyday purchases and items for kids, along with a pit stop at its casual Mermaid Bar. Alex Witchel, Town & Country, "The Best Department Stores Are All Opening Restaurants," 25 Feb. 2019 Our guide leads us around the terraces, explaining that the intricate carvings on the walls basically serve as a huge open-air encyclopedia depicting the teachings of Buddha and offering a glimpse into Indonesia’s past. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "How To Spice Up Your Skincare Routine," 18 Jan. 2019 The man who knew them was Hans, our guide and driver, a South African who has lived in Namibia for 20 years. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 My guide taught me how to scrutinize and savor baguettes, croissants and cheese, and how to appreciate the French as expert eaters. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Specialized tours enrich travel," 14 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But there are reasons to doubt that distribution systems, filled with quirky and unpredictable human behaviors, can be adequately guided by the invisible hand alone. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 American Eagle wants to help pioneer a new wave of activists, founders, and artists to guide the brand on how to reach their peers. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "American Eagle’s #AExME Council Is Full of Game Changing Gen-Zers," 1 May 2019 During their stay, JLo and ARod appear to have taken the full Chip and Jo guided tour. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Are Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Filming for Chip and Joanna Gaines' New Network?," 29 Apr. 2019 This kind of gut instinct became a guiding compass for me at work, too. Andrea Barrica, SELF, "How Owning My Sexuality Transformed My Career," 23 Apr. 2019 Capital One, Wells Fargo, Discover, and more have a wealth of bonuses that are worth exploring in this Nerd Wallet guide. Glamour, "Here's How to Make the Absolute Most Out of Your Credit Card Points," 19 Apr. 2019 Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "30 Father's Day Instagram Captions to Celebrate Your Favorite Guy," 10 Apr. 2019 On February 17, 2017, a crack opened up along the Dam's spillway, a 3,000-foot-long concrete chute meant to guide water into the river. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Oroville Dam Almost Flooded Northern California. Now It's Working Again.," 3 Apr. 2019 But the culinary director, Alexander Harris, formerly of Union Square Hospitality Group and the Pierre, corrects, nudges, guides. Grant Cornett, Vogue, "The Rise of Refugee Cuisine—a Food-World Trend to Feel Good About," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of guide

Noun

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

Verb

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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guide

noun

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.

guide

verb

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)

guide

noun
\ 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

guide

verb
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.

guide

noun
\ ˈgīd How to pronounce guide (audio) \

Medical Definition of guide

: a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

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