Definition of guide in English:



  • 1A person who shows the way to others, especially one employed to show tourists around places of interest.

    ‘a tour guide’
    • ‘My only reply was a chorus of laughter from the tour guide and my fellow tourists.’
    • ‘The place is so well known internationally, that it is almost becoming a point of interest to visit in a tourist guide.’
    • ‘The State Forest Minister even said that the locals will be allowed to act as porters and guides when tourism starts, as if it was a favour.’
    • ‘The group consisted of public representatives, tour guides and tourism and heritage representatives.’
    • ‘The organization recently held a 2-day seminar and workshop for tour operators and tour guides.’
    • ‘The other side of the job is to act as a tour guide.’
    • ‘The tour guide helpfully tells tourists that the sculptures were brought to London for safekeeping, and acquired legitimately.’
    • ‘At the end of the tour the guide kindly requests the tourists not to feed any elephants when they are seen on the roads.’
    • ‘The first group is of tour operators, tour guides, hosts and hostesses at the various lodges and camps who ensure your safety and welfare is taken care of.’
    • ‘This has involved, for example, investigating the communicative tasks in Japanese facing Australian tour guides working with Japanese tourists.’
    • ‘The entire poem is an address to tourists on the part of a tour guide.’
    • ‘Only those tour guides who collude with black market tourist shops should be firmly fought against.’
    • ‘I'd like to go back, and I'd like the place to myself for a few minutes, alone, without the braying tour guides and murmuring tourists.’
    • ‘They treated me to the trip (which must have cost over NZ $100) and acted as my tour guides practicing their English along the way.’
    • ‘The same practice of self-protection is evoked in locations where tour guides take tourists from Hong Kong and China to unsavoury haunts which arrange live sex shows.’
    • ‘The job of a tour guide is to serve tourists, not solicit customers for the shops.’
    • ‘The document will also act as a guide for tourists visiting the province.’
    • ‘We have provided parking space for buses ferrying tourists and locals will be used as tour guides.’
    • ‘The plan will create jobs - as numbers of tourists increase, tour guides will be trained to take the groups to the circles and conduct the discussions.’
    • ‘Tour operators and tour guides are almost completely without work.’
    escort, attendant, conductor, courier, pilot, usher, chaperone
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    1. 1.1A professional mountain climber in charge of a group.
      • ‘Born in the Lake District, Stuart Miller became a professional mountain guide in 1985, but during a wet summer in the lakes he tried his hand at running a white water river in a kids rubber dinghy.’
      • ‘With the help of a mechanical ascender, guides and novice climbers creep up ropes like inchworms into the forest canopy.’
      • ‘Fat-tired planes buzz the nearby airport, taking climbers, guides, and gear to mountain base camps.’
      • ‘Why do professional mountain guides always look lean, cut, and as if they could jog to the summit without breaking a sweat?’
      • ‘The professional mountain guide or European Mountain Leader as he is officially known grew up on the side of Bleanaskill Mountain close to the Atlantic Drive.’
      • ‘So to be invited to join ten of the world's best telemark skiers and mountain guides to ski-tour in the Lebanese highlands was a welcome chance to explore well off the beaten track.’
      • ‘Blyth and Bob are extremely experienced mountaineers and mountain guides, and Blyth also runs the avalanche forecasting service in Scotland.’
      • ‘He thanked both his family and Mr Stevenson and his mountain guide Andy Owen at the Kendal climbing wall for their back-up.’
      • ‘With Phil Berry, our mountaineering guide, I pushed up to the top of the pass by noon.’
      • ‘For more active visitors there's canyoning and mountain guides for hire, and for the less active there are plenty of waterside restaurants where you drink a glass of wine and read, or even write, a book.’
      • ‘The academics part of the programme is being supervised by professional guides and instructors and the language skills are taught by University graduates.’
      • ‘Sunil and Mohanto had worked as professional river and mountain guides at Rishikesh.’
      • ‘John, who is a registered mountain guide by profession, runs his own very successful company, Viking Trekking.’
      • ‘Tied together by a length of rope, Whymper and the guide scrambled up the steep slopes until they reached a tall slab of rock known as the Chimney.’
      • ‘She told herself not to worry, they were experienced climbers, they had guides, they had oxygen, they were roped together and the weather was good.’
      • ‘Mountain guides operate from new Daureb Center at Brandberg’
      • ‘In the past few days I've spoken to mountain guides, outdoor centre, bunkhouse and hostel operators, those who run walking tours and outdoor gear retailers and all of them fear the worst.’
      • ‘There were also two cooks and four mountain guides.’
      • ‘In one hour we hit the car; in two, the Lander Bar, where, naturally, we meet three Kenyan mountain guides working for NOLS.’
      • ‘Twenty-two would be mountain guides - including 2 women - were signed up for the first course.’
  • 2A person who advises others, especially in matters of behaviour or belief.

    ‘his spiritual guide’
    • ‘He was a spiritual guide of the Lubavitch community in all matters.’
    • ‘As the mother, you should be the guide and adviser.’
    • ‘So, who wants to be my spiritual guide through this?’
    • ‘Rather than his spiritual guides, they are his faithful disciples.’
    • ‘Spiritual guides hang out in relaxed places where they can be of assistance to others without revealing their supernatural powers.’
    • ‘The former includes meditations on the precious human existence, impermanence, the defects of sasra, the workings of karma and the need for a spiritual guide or guru.’
    • ‘So the Evangelical pastors often served as counselors, spiritual guides and confidantes.’
    • ‘She said their knowledge comes from the ‘Dreamtime’, their spiritual guide which teaches them how to hunt, the different skills they need and where to get food.’
    • ‘Even more earnest are the downloadable Islamic spiritual guides, quotes from the Koran, and schedules for dawn-to-dusk fasting.’
    • ‘Years after her adopted father died and after a visit to a psychic, she was told she had a spiritual guide called ‘The Bey’.’
    • ‘Gurus may come from any caste group, and Brahmins need not be spiritual guides, though many are.’
    • ‘The article goes on to detail how to read the future in a lampshade, contact your spiritual guides and ask the spirit world to get you the job you want.’
    • ‘And many were the prophets and spiritual guides, yea, countless were they: they sprang from the dust and to dust they returned.’
    • ‘A spiritual guide is one of the most traditional jobs and one of the oldest variety show formats in Taiwan local culture.’
    • ‘Special spiritual forces or guides would assist her in this work, and most prominent among them was one she identified as Black Hawk.’
    • ‘Most parishioners, even the most ignorant, regarded the priest as a church functionary, someone who performed necessary services, rather than as a spiritual guide.’
    • ‘His love of Islam as a philosophy of life and his own adherence to the simple yet profound principles of their lives make him an excellent teacher, a counsellor and a spiritual guide.’
    • ‘I came up with the idea on Saturday, and chucked it around in my head a bit, mentioning it to my spiritual guide Swami Blue Witch.’
    • ‘For instance, I might be seeking the advice of a spiritual guide on whether or not to accept a new job.’
    • ‘When in doubt, consult a spiritual guide well versed in Torah.’
    adviser, mentor, counsellor, guidance counsellor
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    1. 2.1A thing that helps someone to form an opinion or make a decision or calculation.
      ‘your resting pulse rate is a rough guide to your general physical condition’
      • ‘As social creatures, we do rely upon the behavior of others as a guide to our own decisions, and we do invest significantly in presenting a consistent persona to those around us.’
      • ‘But it's actually useless - or downright misleading - as a guide to making decisions.’
      • ‘I recognise that Letters to the Editor are not necessarily an infallible guide to public opinion.’
      • ‘Like sonata form it is not a rigid formula, and therefore the scheme illustrated can be taken as only a rough guide to its general features.’
      • ‘At the end of the seventeenth century, the first academy to function as a guide to general cultural endeavour in Italy was the Accademia degli Arcadi, founded in 1690.’
      • ‘Post decision rationalisation is not always a guide to the decision making process and in most situations will have to be treated with caution.’
      • ‘If there is, could you help me out with a phonemic transcription or even a rough guide to the pronunciation of the following?’
      • ‘The website warns the rating ‘does not necessarily indicate the presence of radon gas in a particular property’ and is only a guide to indicate if further inquiries should be made.’
      • ‘But no matter where you live, you can use the program outlined in this brochure as a general guide to growing a healthy lawn.’
      • ‘Third, we may interpret choice theory as an exploration of what it means to be rational and, possibly, as a guide to making sensible decisions, rather than as a description of how people act in practice.’
      • ‘The indirect method of carving is not to be confused with the practice of making a small preliminary figure in clay, wax, or a comparable material as a general guide to the sculptor cutting his stone block.’
      • ‘My lecturer used this anecdote as a rough guide to those regimes where the leadership was out of touch with reality, and were on the slippery slope to a coup d'état or being thrown out.’
      • ‘They know they have to live their own lives, and use that inherent intuition as a guide to practical decisions.’
      • ‘Species and site characteristics often serve as a general guide to fertilization in established Christmas tree plantations.’
      • ‘Measuring your waist gives a rough guide to whether you need to lose some weight.’
      • ‘A quick guide to the calculations performed is shown in Table 1.’
      • ‘Understanding the frequency of onset also can be a guide to recognizing symptoms.’
      • ‘It's especially valuable to have a guide to decision making.’
      • ‘But the indexes serve as a rough guide to the appalling reality of the rising household expenses of the majority of English people in the Tudor period.’
      • ‘This book provides a unique and contemporary guide to assist this decision.’
      model, pattern, blueprint, template, archetype, prototype, sample, example, exemplar
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    2. 2.2A book, document, or display providing information on a subject or about a place.
      ‘a comprehensive guide to British hotels and restaurants’
      • ‘Dictionaries range from language guides to handbooks of information arranged alphabetically on a range of topics.’
      • ‘There are study guides offered in many subjects, like literature, math, history, the sciences - this list could go on forever.’
      • ‘The guide provides information on how to identify problems in the lawn and garden and what to do about it, as well as 10 tips for a healthy lawn.’
      • ‘The guide has information for both new and regular borrowers and covers a range of lending products, designed for short, medium and long term needs.’
      • ‘The guide, which includes information on how to shoot up heroin and safety advice for prostitutes, also reports on which soup kitchens offer the best food and how to beg politely.’
      • ‘There are a number of good guides, information sources and checklists available so you won't have to start from scratch.’
      • ‘The menu invited us to browse the extensive collection of travel books, guides and maps.’
      • ‘You can also go out and pace the course if you want to - that's what caddies do - and many clubs provide the same information in printed guides.’
      • ‘The library will also put on a large display of holiday guides, videos and language phrase books to help make your holiday 2003 your most enjoyable yet.’
      • ‘This is not a travel guide, but a book that is steeped in discovering India as she is.’
      • ‘She equipped herself with a little optimism, phrase books and travel guides, and clothes contained for overhead storage space.’
      • ‘Solicitors recognise that many buyers are baffled by a lack of clear and comprehensive information and guides to talk them through the procedure.’
      • ‘However, as a comprehensive guide to a difficult subject it is excellent.’
      • ‘Before you start, get hold of a copy of the DVLA's car import pack, a free guide which includes information on all the forms you will need as well as a list of useful telephone numbers.’
      • ‘‘We are trying to create the widest selection possible for UK and worldwide guides and travel books,’ he added.’
      • ‘I'm planning on compiling all of the responses and information into a handy guide for folks looking for internet access in the rural US.’
      • ‘This guide contains information on about 3000 courses offered by universities, technikons, private and technical colleges in South Africa.’
      • ‘His book is a comprehensive guide to techniques and methods currently used by police, special forces and intelligence operators.’
      • ‘It is mainly for its historical importance that the cemetery has now become a kind of a tourist destination and finds a mention in most travel books and regional guides.’
      • ‘The family and those taking the roles of servants were provided with advice manuals, etiquette guides and recipe books that would have been in the house at the time.’
      guidebook, tourist guide, travel guide, baedeker, travelogue, directory, handbook, manual, abc, a to z
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  • 3A structure or marking which directs the motion or positioning of something.

    ‘the guides for the bolt needed straightening’
    • ‘Founded in 1994, the company specializes in manufacturing chain and belt guides and other wear components from various plastic materials.’
    • ‘On the other hand, black wet glazed plug is caused by the burned oil leaking past the piston rings or valve guides as well as burning in the cylinder.’
    • ‘Using the bolts as guides, lower the bowl into place over the flange.’
    • ‘With either style, you need to check the connection points where the guides are attached.’
    • ‘The wire guide directs the paper into a drive roller and idler set which pulls the paper from the printer and drives the paper downward so that it drops at about the center of the stack.’
    • ‘The drill guide was removed and a second drill guide was inserted to position the remaining tunnel.’
    • ‘You must wash all tackle in hot soapy water, making sure to scrub the reel foot, winch fittings and rod guides.’
    • ‘Find a large, clean surface with room to lay out a rag, your tools and the removed wheels and bolts, axle guides, and heel brake where they'll stay put and in sight.’
    • ‘Then remove the saw blade, place the tool against the first guide and position the second guide tightly against the opposite edge of the shoe before clamping it down.’
    • ‘The interchangeable synthetic bar guides with mechanical locking and oil bath system can produce up to 35 parts per minute.’
  • 4A member of the Guide Association.

    • ‘The Guides and Brownies have enjoyed a busy year and raised funds for the tsunami relief and children overseas.’
    • ‘The campsite at Hulton Park had played host to thousands of Bolton Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Guides over the years as an annual retreat.’
    • ‘Rosemarie McIlwhan's Guides and Brownies meet in a Church of Scotland building in Glasgow's Hillhead.’
    • ‘They will be joined by Guides, Brownies, Scouts and Cubs for a parade to the Cenotaph, where they will be joined by the parish council for a short service.’
    • ‘They will include youth groups such as the Scouts, Brownies and Guides.’
    • ‘The Brownies and Guides also helped out, organising two table-top sales and a beetle drive to swell the coffers.’
    • ‘Many local organisations are taking part, such as the Scouts, Guides and Brownies.’
    • ‘From 7pm Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and Guides from the York area will take to the stage for the gang show.’
    • ‘A night to ‘celebrate’ the achievements of Scouts, Guides and Brownies from many different units.’
    • ‘He said the Scout Group, Guides, Brownies and the Air Training Corps had all committed to giving Appleby a floral facelift.’
    • ‘Reading and prayers were led by Rainbows from 6th Chiswick and a Brownie and Guides from Brentford units.’
    • ‘She says proceeds will go towards improving the parish hall which is used by local community groups such as the Brownies and Guides.’
    • ‘Yesterday, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides took part in a fun day to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.’
    • ‘Also planned are demonstrations by all the users of the hall, including Scouts, Brownies, Guides, and the ATC.’
    • ‘This year's mayoral appeal will be raising money for the town's Brownies and Guides.’
    • ‘The cash will be used to renovate the Scout building, also used by Cubs, Brownies, Guides and Venture Scouts.’
    • ‘Her specific charity for her year in office will be the towns' Brownies, Guides and Scouts.’
    • ‘About 160 Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from across the area took part in the event, which was held at Greenhead School.’
    • ‘The Brownies and Guides brought along their painted posters to be judged.’
    • ‘He had a weekend off and GMD was away with the Guides or Brownies or something similarly jolly hockey stickey.’


  • 1[with object and adverbial of direction] Show or indicate the way to (someone)

    ‘he guided her to the front row and sat beside her’
    figurative ‘information is available to guide you through the planning and development process’
    • ‘The glass doors to the waiting room slide open, and the attendant guides you into the chapel; you have 15 minutes.’
    • ‘Whether grilling on the back porch or packing a picnic for the beach, there are many cookbooks available to guide you through the best of the season's culinary treats.’
    • ‘Make sure she knows what is available and guide her to help.’
    • ‘When I admired these somewhat obviously, he smiled and took time to personally guide me through them, describing these special moments in his long career.’
    • ‘Their female companion guided him as Steve smirked with triumph in the background.’
    • ‘So far as I know, no manuals or books or rules are currently available to guide us.’
    • ‘Many books are available to guide you through the steps.’
    • ‘Finding a therapist who fits the following parameters will guide you in your search.’
    • ‘The key advice is know your own message and stick to it and lean on your financial PR company to guide you.’
    • ‘Specifically, the following questions guided us in the investigative and reflective process throughout our study.’
    • ‘Johnny helped Scott up and, with an arm around his waist, guided him to the room Sam indicated.’
    • ‘So, what we do in these countries is we select very quickly a strong local partner who can guide us through the systems and the processes needed to respond properly to the governments.’
    • ‘One photographer and his assistant guided us hurriedly, shuttling between studios with different layouts.’
    • ‘In the following pages we'll guide you through a how-to on building your own PC.’
    • ‘There are verbal prompts to guide you, and the service is available in Chinese and English.’
    • ‘As a good postmodern who just wants to know which script I'm supposed to follow as the news guides me toward what I should think, I'm confused.’
    • ‘For centuries, man has relied on the stars, circling planets and the constant horizon to guide him in his travels.’
    • ‘I allowed my eyes to drink everything in as my companion gently guided me towards our next stop.’
    • ‘But I do not use the lead rope to guide him or steer him or to give him any signals.’
    • ‘The tutorials usually explain what the objective of the particular lesson is and then follows it up by guiding you through a few set matches.’
    lead, lead the way, conduct, show, show someone the way, usher, shepherd, direct, steer, pilot, escort, accompany, attend
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    1. 1.1[with object]Direct the motion or positioning of (something)
      ‘the groove in the needle guides the thread’
      • ‘Its pilot, in a show of agility, guided the airship to a vertical position before shooting off into the sky.’
      • ‘She gently pushed his hand down on the knife, guiding it through the motions.’
      • ‘The sailor controls the mast with their arms and steers in a standing position, moving body weight to guide the vessel.’
      • ‘A second attempt by the RAF on the same day also failed when the four-and-a-half ton cross crushed a metal cone installed in a bid to guide the cross into position.’
      • ‘Ball amino often makes it because its pointy shape catches a portion of the chamber and guides the rest of the round back into position with a wedge effect, allowing feeding.’
      • ‘The American flight training has always been said to be just enough to allow them to take over the flights from the original pilots and guide the planes directly into their targets.’
      • ‘If there is an emergency and the plane has to come in at night, everyone on the island with a car has to go and position themselves in the field with their headlights on to guide the plane in to land.’
      • ‘The embryologist guides the needle into the egg using joystick directed servomotors’
      • ‘Initially, machines are easier to use as they set you up in the right position and guide the weight through the correct path.’
      • ‘Regardless of its munition, it should be guided to its target for precision attack.’
      • ‘The darts maintain a high kinetic energy as they are guided to the same single target.’
      • ‘The trial flight involved guiding the plane from a set position above a small runway to the ground, a challenging task.’
      • ‘I was also less than impressed with her showing the class the needle used to guide the epidural - yes, it does look scary, but so do forceps and she didn't seem quite so vehemently negative about them.’
      • ‘The role of troops on the ground has been minimised to a few elite forces positioned to guide the missiles in with lasers, heightening accuracy.’
      • ‘Your doctor guides the needle into position using special x-ray equipment.’
      • ‘Pilot boat men who guide ships in and out of Waterford Port last night balloted in favour of industrial action, a move which could disrupt July's Tall Ships' Race launch.’
      • ‘The pilots are all members of a cooperative which has a contract with ABP to provide pilots to guide ships in and out of port.’
      • ‘Missiles are also guided by radar, if they are the larger ones in Explainer's size range.’
      • ‘A footman, feet bound in protective padding, stood on the table to guide it into position, the column dedicated to Lady Morgan facing her place.’
      • ‘My hands raised up as if to guide the flask to a more giving position, but fell again to my side when whoever was holding it seemed to sense my desire and tipped the flask just a bit more.’
  • 2[with object] Direct or influence the behaviour or development of.

    ‘his life was guided by his religious beliefs’
    • ‘In matters where we interact with society, we must agree to put the law of the land first, and not be guided by religious edicts or interpretations.’
    • ‘Refactoring, a process of simplifying code in an almost algebraic way, is guided by rules and leads to a predictable result.’
    • ‘It is a miserable, defensive and petty attitude for a minister for finance to have in the current climate, and it says volumes about the thinking which guides this Government.’
    • ‘For this reason, leaders with high personal mastery are more likely to exhibit a disciplined pattern of behaviour that is guided by a deep personal vision and enduring moral principles.’
    • ‘There is also still the question of what principles should guide the newer global developments.’
    • ‘The final stage of post-conventional morality sees behavior and conscience as guided by loftier universal principles.’
    • ‘Doctrine is designed to provide a set of principles to guide the further development of policy, instructions, procedures, and techniques.’
    • ‘The most potent initial influence guiding the young Augustine in philosophical matters came from Cicero's dialogues.’
    • ‘We start from specific body characteristics and rules of behavior and are guided by the patterns that the model itself generates.’
    • ‘I allowed myself to plan out my life and didn't let provident direction guide my life.’
    • ‘If you're looking for the definitive how-to book, complete with formulas to guide your daily managerial behavior, this isn't it.’
    • ‘We humans are like the developing mind of this child of God, and our responsibility is to guide the developing Earth-child in respectful, caring ways.’
    • ‘From birth to death and from the rites of marriage to the most mundane aspects of daily life, the life of a Muslim is continuously directed, guided and influenced by the Qur'an.’
    • ‘Politics is the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy.’
    • ‘But these messages guided and influenced the evolution of the data realm, and change continued in many different ways.’
    • ‘These types of lists exist in many disciplines and act as benchmarks on which to guide one's collection development activities.’
    • ‘The Guru had come to guide, govern and influence the lives of the Sikhs both in the temporal and the spiritual fields.’
    • ‘The government would be guided by the needs of first home buyers as well as the interests of existing home owners seeking to safeguard their investment.’
    • ‘However, its development has not been guided by any master plan.’
    • ‘There are, of course, many who are sceptical of the very idea of industrial policy because it suggests the need for an attempt to influence or guide economic development.’
    direct, steer, control, manage, command, lead, conduct, run, be in charge of, take charge of, take control of, have control of, govern, rule, preside over, superintend, supervise, oversee
    advise, counsel, give advice to, give counsel to, give counselling to, direct, give direction to, make recommendations to, make suggestions to, give someone tips, give someone hints, give someone pointers, inform, give information to
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Late Middle English: from Old French guide (noun), guider (verb), of Germanic origin; related to wit.