Synonyms & Antonyms of guide

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to give advice and instruction to (someone) regarding the course or process to be followed
  • the pastry chef guided her through the creation of the wedding cake, showing her how to ice the layers, fashion the elaborate decorations, and assemble the whole shebang

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2 to look after and make decisions about
  • thought the new superintendent would guide the school system well

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3 to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front
  • would be happy to guide you folks to the historic part of town

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Synonyms of guide (Entry 2 of 2)

one that accompanies another for protection, guidance, or as a courtesy
  • followed our guide through the dangerous mountain trails

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How does the verb guide contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of guide are engineer, lead, pilot, and steer. While all these words 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

Where would engineer be a reasonable alternative to guide?

The synonyms engineer and guide are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

When is it sensible to use lead instead of guide?

Although the words lead and guide have much in common, lead implies showing the way and often keeping those that follow under control and in order.

led his team to victory

When is pilot a more appropriate choice than guide?

In some situations, the words pilot and guide are roughly equivalent. However, pilot suggests guidance over a dangerous or complicated course.

piloted the bill through the Senate

When can steer be used instead of guide?

While in some cases nearly identical to guide, steer implies an ability to keep to a course and stresses the capacity of maneuvering correctly.

steered the ship through a narrow channel

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The first known use of guide was in the 14th century

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“Guide.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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