A young woman guides a group of hikers.
- The definition of a guide is someone or something that instructs others or shows others the way.
- An example of a guide is someone who leads you on a hike.
- An example of a guide is a book that teaches you how to use a new computer software program.
- To guide is defined as to show or direct someone in how to do something.
An example of guide is when you lead people on a hike and show them where to go.
transitive verbguid′ed, guid′ing
- to point out the way for; direct on a course; conduct; lead
- to direct the course or motion of (a vehicle, implement, etc.) by physical action
- to give instruction to; train
- to direct (the policies, actions, etc.) of; manage; regulate
Origin of guideMiddle English giden from Old French guider from guide from Italian guida from Gothic an unverified form wida, leader, guide from an unverified form witan, to observe, akin to Old English witan, to see: see wise
- a person whose work is conducting strangers or tourists through a region, building, etc.
- a person who directs, or serves as the model for, another's conduct, career, etc.
- a part that controls the motion of other parts of a machine
- a guidebook
- a book giving instruction in the elements of some subject; handbook: a guide to mathematics
- Mil. a soldier at the right front of a column, who regulates its pace and alignment and indicates its route
- a. One who shows the way by leading, directing, or advising.b. One who serves as a model for others, as in a course of conduct.
- A person employed to conduct others, as through a museum, and give information about points of interest encountered.
- a. Something, such as a pamphlet, that offers basic information or instruction: a shopper's guide.b. A guidebook.
- a. Something that serves to direct or indicate.b. A device, such as a ruler, tab, or bar, that serves as an indicator or acts to regulate a motion or operation.
- A soldier stationed at the right or left of a column of marchers to control alignment, show direction, or mark the point of pivot.
verbguid·ed, guid·ing, guides
- To serve as a guide for; conduct.
- To direct the course of; steer: guide a ship through a channel.
- To exert control or influence over; direct: guided the nation through the crisis.
- To supervise the training or education of.
Origin of guideMiddle English from Old French from Old Provençal guida from guidar to guide of Germanic origin ; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
- Someone who guides, especially someone hired to show people around a place or an institution and offer information and explanation.
- The guide led us around the museum and explained the exhibits.
- A document or book that offers information or instruction; guidebook.
- A sign that guides people; guidepost.
- Any marking or object that catches the eye to provide quick reference.
- A device that guides part of a machine, or guides motion or action.
- (occult) A spirit believed to speak through a medium.
- (military) A member of a group marching in formation who sets the pattern of movement or alignment for the rest.
(third-person singular simple present guides, present participle guiding, simple past and past participle guided)