Meaning of GUIDE in English


I. ˈgīd noun

Etymology: 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

Date: 14th century


a. : one that leads or directs another's way

b. : a person who exhibits and explains points of interest

c. : something that provides a person with guiding information

d. : signpost 1

e. : a person who directs another's conduct or course of life


a. : a device for steadying or directing the motion of something

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

II. verb

( guid·ed ; guid·ing )

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to act as a guide to : direct in a way or course


a. : to direct, supervise, or influence usually to a particular end

b. : to superintend the training or instruction of

intransitive verb

: to act or work as a guide

• guid·er noun


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

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