Definition of guide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡīd/


1A person who advises or shows the way to others: this lady is going to act as our guide for the rest of the tour
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  • This has involved, for example, investigating the communicative tasks in Japanese facing Australian tour guides working with Japanese tourists.
  • The same practice of self-protection is evoked in locations where tour guides take tourists from Hong Kong and China to unsavoury haunts which arrange live sex shows.
  • I'd like to go back, and I'd like the place to myself for a few minutes, alone, without the braying tour guides and murmuring tourists.
escort, attendant, tour guide, docent, cicerone;
usher, chaperone
historical dragoman
adviser/advisor, mentor, counselor;
1.1A professional mountain climber in charge of a group.
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  • Why do professional mountain guides always look lean, cut, and as if they could jog to the summit without breaking a sweat?
  • Sunil and Mohanto had worked as professional river and mountain guides at Rishikesh.
  • Fat-tired planes buzz the nearby airport, taking climbers, guides, and gear to mountain base camps.
2A thing that helps someone to form an opinion or make a decision or calculation: here is a guide to the number of curtain hooks you will need
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  • I recognise that Letters to the Editor are not necessarily an infallible guide to public opinion.
  • Like sonata form it is not a rigid formula, and therefore the scheme illustrated can be taken as only a rough guide to its general features.
  • Third, we may interpret choice theory as an exploration of what it means to be rational and, possibly, as a guide to making sensible decisions, rather than as a description of how people act in practice.
model, pattern, blueprint, template, example, exemplar;
standard, touchstone, measure, benchmark, yardstick, gauge
2.1A book, document, or display providing information on a subject or about a place: a guide to baby and toddler care
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  • Solicitors recognise that many buyers are baffled by a lack of clear and comprehensive information and guides to talk them through the procedure.
  • She equipped herself with a little optimism, phrase books and travel guides, and clothes contained for overhead storage space.
  • Dictionaries range from language guides to handbooks of information arranged alphabetically on a range of topics.
3A structure or marking that directs the motion or positioning of something: the guides for the bolt needed straightening
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  • Find a large, clean surface with room to lay out a rag, your tools and the removed wheels and bolts, axle guides, and heel brake where they'll stay put and in sight.
  • The wire guide directs the paper into a drive roller and idler set which pulls the paper from the printer and drives the paper downward so that it drops at about the center of the stack.
  • On the other hand, black wet glazed plug is caused by the burned oil leaking past the piston rings or valve guides as well as burning in the cylinder.
pointer, marker, indicator, signpost, mark, landmark;
guiding light, sign, signal, beacon
4A soldier, vehicle, or ship whose position determines the movements of others.


1 [with object] Show or indicate the way to (someone): he guided her to the front row and sat beside her
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  • Whether grilling on the back porch or packing a picnic for the beach, there are many cookbooks available to guide you through the best of the season's culinary treats.
  • As a good postmodern who just wants to know which script I'm supposed to follow as the news guides me toward what I should think, I'm confused.
  • So, what we do in these countries is we select very quickly a strong local partner who can guide us through the systems and the processes needed to respond properly to the governments.
lead, conduct, show, show the way, usher, shepherd, direct, steer, pilot, escort, accompany, attend;
see, take, help, assist
1.1Direct the motion or positioning of (something): the groove in the needle guides the thread
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  • Your doctor guides the needle into position using special x-ray equipment.
  • A second attempt by the RAF on the same day also failed when the four-and-a-half ton cross crushed a metal cone installed in a bid to guide the cross into position.
  • The role of troops on the ground has been minimised to a few elite forces positioned to guide the missiles in with lasers, heightening accuracy.
2 [with object] Direct or have an influence on the course of action of (someone or something): he guided the team to a second successive win in the tournament
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  • Politics is the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy.
  • However, its development has not been guided by any master plan.
  • From birth to death and from the rites of marriage to the most mundane aspects of daily life, the life of a Muslim is continuously directed, guided and influenced by the Qur'an.
direct, steer, control, manage, command, lead, conduct, run, be in charge of, have control of, pilot, govern, preside over, superintend, supervise, oversee;
handle, regulate
advise, counsel, give advice to, direct, give direction to



Pronunciation: /ˈɡīdəb(ə)l/


Example sentences
  • Last year it was estimated that guiders in the country gave up an average of eight hours a week to help our young people, and that one in three women had at some time been part of the organisation.
  • Hundreds of guiders and local people swung into action to raise the £135,000 needed to buy the property and the thousands more needed to renovate it.
  • They were then directed by two guiders armed with mobile phones, who were based at the shopping centre trying to solve a selection of cryptic clues.


Late Middle English: from Old French guide (noun), guider (verb), of Germanic origin; related to wit2.

Words that rhyme with guide

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