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 verbguided, guiding
- 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)