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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

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 The Alabama Bicentennial PastPort is a 174-page guide to almost 300 historic destinations in all 67 counties. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama Bicentennial commemoration nears grand finale," 28 Nov. 2019 Ahead, seven minimalist versions of the maximalist makeup looks that dominated the runways—and a step-by-step guide to doing them yourself. 1. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "I Tried Spring 2019's Coolest Graphic Makeup Looks," 25 Nov. 2019 In The Press, Virginie Boone has a guide to the best tasting room experiences on offer in this beautiful Sonoma County neighborhood. Esther Mobley,, "Why human beings love wine, according to Warren Winiarski: “completeness”," 21 Nov. 2019 In 2000, Alice Feiring, a freelance writer, was hired to create a wine guide for Food & Wine. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, "How Natural Wine Became a Symbol of Virtuous Consumption," 18 Nov. 2019 Charitable also hit a guide wire to a power line, but power appears to still be active in the area, Montes said. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Driver hits 3 kids and 2 adults; Silver Star Road lanes closed," 15 Nov. 2019 Just in time for the holiday season, the first launch from the collaboration includes a gift guide. Lilly Pace, Billboard, "LyricFind's LyricMerch Teams With eBay for Hit Song-Inspired Merchandise," 6 Nov. 2019 After getting constant questions from viewers who wanted to build from-scratch shelters in their own backyards, Plant decided to put all of his Stone Age knowledge into a guide. Sam Hill, Outside Online, "This YouTube Star Builds Elaborate Huts by Hand," 28 Oct. 2019 Bruins at Stars: Projected starting goalies Tuukka Rask vs. Ben Bishop Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has set a loose guide of 50-55 starts for Rask this season. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Boston Bruins at Dallas Stars odds, picks and betting tips," 3 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Since 2015, the city has been working on a Downtown Plan that will guide growth over the next 20 years. Roland Li,, "Why downtown Oakland is booming," 29 Nov. 2019 The resignation also creates legal uncertainties as the constitution does not provide clear procedures to guide lawmakers in the event of a premier stepping down, experts said. Arkansas Online, "Iraqi prime minister to resign in wake of deadly protests," 29 Nov. 2019 Whether all these theatrics produce good mountain guides is a complex question. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 Ian Chafin took on the offensive responsibilities, while Erik Chafin guided the defense. Emmett Hall,, "Dolphins topple Packers 26-12 for Cooper City Optimist championship," 26 Nov. 2019 Check the website for guided tours and other activities. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Ready for a post-Thanksgiving road trip? See the best of Arizona in these 8 places," 26 Nov. 2019 Photoshop Elements is stacked with great features, including intelligent editing that smooths the appearance of skin, one-click subject selection, so cutting out objects is a breeze, guided edits and much more. CNN Underscored, "Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements have hit the lowest price we've seen," 26 Nov. 2019 These come in different sizes and have features to match children's age and stage, such as a hand slot for parents to guide kids ages 3 to 5. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Tested: Huffy Quick Connect Bikes," 26 Nov. 2019 Amenities include roller skating, indoor swimming, guided snowshoe hikes at Rocky Mountain National Park and a tubing hill at Snow Mountain Ranch. Danika Worthington, The Know, "15 local Cyber Monday deals that’ll let you explore Colorado," 26 Nov. 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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The first known use of guide was in the 14th century

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1 Dec 2019

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“Guide.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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