Meaning of GUIDE in English

I. ˈgīd noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English gide, from Middle French guide, from Old Provençal guida, from guidar to guide, direct, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English wītan to look after, depart, witan to know — more at wit


a. : a person who leads or directs another in his way or course (as in a strange country or through difficult terrain)

b. : a person who exhibits and usually discusses or explains points of interest (as of a city, a museum collection, or a building) to sightseers

c. : something (as a guidebook, signpost, or instruction manual) that provides a person with guiding information

d. : one (as a teacher) who directs a person in his conduct or course of life : director , supervisor

no boy ever had a better guide than I in the fundamental decencies of life


a. : a contrivance for directing the motion of something ; especially : such a contrivance (as in a tool) having a directing edge, surface, or channel

b. : a device (as a ring or loop) made usually of metal or agate and attached to a fishing rod to hold the line in position

c. : the groove in which the plow used in bookbinding moves

d. : a small device for guiding threads or strands of fiber on a spinning, winding, quilling, or other textile machine

e. : a device in a printing press or folding machine for holding and releasing a sheet

f. : a grooved director for a surgical probe or knife

g. : a sheet of metal or other material or a card with projecting edge or tab for labeling that is inserted in a card catalog, index, or other file to facilitate reference


a. : a person or vehicle upon whom the movements or alignments of a military command are regulated — used especially in commands

guide right

guide center

b. : a warship on which others in a formation regulate their positions


a. : girl guide

b. : an 11-year-old to 16-year-old girl guide — distinguished from brownie

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English giden, guiden, from Middle French guider, alteration (influenced by guide, n.) of Old French guier, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English wītan to look after, depart, witan to know — more at wit

transitive verb

1. : to act as guide to : direct in a way : conduct , pilot

guided us through the city


a. : to regulate and manage : direct or supervise especially toward some desirable end, course, way, or development

b. : to superintend the training or education of : instruct , advise , counsel

his studies were guided by one of the great educators of the day

3. Scotland : to treat or handle especially another person or an animal

guided her ill

intransitive verb

: to act or work as a guide


lead , steer , pilot , engineer : guide may apply to the act of conducting or directing along a course as performed by one with certain, specific, or intimate knowledge or by something equally trustworthy

guided by a native on their expedition through the mountains

guide patrons to their proper seats

inspired and galvanized by the personality of a great man who was guiding them in their art — Stephen Williams

be guided by good judgment — C.S.Kilby

lead suggests preceding to show the way; sometimes, in addition, it indicates keeping those following in order; it may refer to taking initiative, determining procedure, or assuming a director's role

led his men to safety

led the caravan west

leading the supporters of the amendment

the man leading the research project

steer suggests the action of one planning or adhering to a course with concomitant controlling, governing, or maneuvering

steering the ship past the sandbars into the harbor

deftly steered the Council of the International Congress through its problems concerned with the place of the next session — A.L.Kroeber

secure in the faith that his reasoned intelligence will steer him correctly at all times — H.N.Maclean

pilot suggests leading or steering over a dangerous, intricate, or complicated course or route

pilot the ship through the channel

wagon trains piloted by bearded scouts

took his sister's arm and piloted her to a safe corner

piloting important bills through the senate — Current Biography

engineer may refer to planning and supervising construction; it often indicates carrying through, executing, or effectuating with contriving, maneuvering, manipulating, and calculating

the influential Americans in Hawaii, with the connivance of United States Minister Stevens and the “moral” support of American marines, engineered a revolution, deposed the Queen — J.W.Ellison b.1891

spokesman for the party when graceful adjustments were to be made or delicate compromises engineered — S.H.Adams

behind it all was the Soviet leviathan skilfully, though at times crudely, pulling strings, engineering, manipulating, staging, and, if need be, intimidating and compelling — Alexander Dallin

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