Meaning of GUIDE in English

I. guide 1 S3 W2 /ɡaɪd/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: French ; Origin: Old Provençal guida ]

1 . FOR DECIDING/JUDGING something that provides information and helps you to form an opinion or make a decision:

The polls are not a reliable guide of how people will vote.

The figures are only a rough guide.


a) someone whose job is to take tourists to a place and show them around:

a tour guide

an experienced mountain guide

b) someone who advises you and influences the way you live:

my spiritual guide


a) a book or piece of writing that provides information on a particular subject or explains how to do something

guide to

a guide to North American birds

Follow our step-by-step guide.

Details of how to use the various programs are in the user guide.

b) a guidebook

4 . GIRL British English

a) the Guides the Guides Association, which teaches girls practical skills ⇨ scout

b) a member of the Guides Association

II. guide 2 W3 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to take someone to a place SYN lead

guide somebody along/through etc

He guided us through the narrow streets to the central mosque.

2 . to help someone or something to move in a particular direction

guide somebody/something into/towards etc

He guided her firmly towards the sofa.

Searchlights were used to guide the ship into the harbour.

3 . to influence someone’s behaviour or ideas:

Teenagers need adults to guide them.

4 . to show someone the right way to do something, especially something difficult or complicated

guide somebody through something

Guide your students through the program one section at a time.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.