Definition of guide in US English:



  • 1A person who advises or shows the way to others.

    ‘this lady is going to act as our guide for the rest of the tour’
    • ‘The document will also act as a guide for tourists visiting the province.’
    • ‘The place is so well known internationally, that it is almost becoming a point of interest to visit in a tourist guide.’
    • ‘The other side of the job is to act as a tour guide.’
    • ‘This has involved, for example, investigating the communicative tasks in Japanese facing Australian tour guides working with Japanese tourists.’
    • ‘The job of a tour guide is to serve tourists, not solicit customers for the shops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 organization recently held a 2-day seminar and workshop for tour operators and tour guides.’
    • ‘We have provided parking space for buses ferrying tourists and locals will be used as tour guides.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only those tour guides who collude with black market tourist shops should be firmly fought against.’
    • ‘The entire poem is an address to tourists on the part of a tour guide.’
    • ‘The group consisted of public representatives, tour guides and tourism and heritage representatives.’
    • ‘At the end of the tour the guide kindly requests the tourists not to feed any elephants when they are seen on the roads.’
    • ‘Tour operators and tour guides are almost completely without work.’
    • ‘The tour guide helpfully tells tourists that the sculptures were brought to London for safekeeping, and acquired legitimately.’
    • ‘My only reply was a chorus of laughter from the tour guide and my fellow tourists.’
    escort, attendant, conductor, courier, pilot, usher, chaperone
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    1. 1.1 A professional mountain climber in charge of a group.
      • ‘Mountain guides operate from new Daureb Center at Brandberg’
      • ‘With Phil Berry, our mountaineering guide, I pushed up to the top of the pass by noon.’
      • ‘There were also two cooks and four mountain guides.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Twenty-two would be mountain guides - including 2 women - were signed up for the first course.’
      • ‘He thanked both his family and Mr Stevenson and his mountain guide Andy Owen at the Kendal climbing wall for their back-up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Blyth and Bob are extremely experienced mountaineers and mountain guides, and Blyth also runs the avalanche forecasting service in Scotland.’
      • ‘Why do professional mountain guides always look lean, cut, and as if they could jog to the summit without breaking a sweat?’
      • ‘John, who is a registered mountain guide by profession, runs his own very successful company, Viking Trekking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fat-tired planes buzz the nearby airport, taking climbers, guides, and gear to mountain base camps.’
      • ‘The academics part of the programme is being supervised by professional guides and instructors and the language skills are taught by University graduates.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With the help of a mechanical ascender, guides and novice climbers creep up ropes like inchworms into the forest canopy.’
      • ‘Sunil and Mohanto had worked as professional river and mountain guides at Rishikesh.’
      • ‘In one hour we hit the car; in two, the Lander Bar, where, naturally, we meet three Kenyan mountain guides working for NOLS.’
  • 2A thing that helps someone to form an opinion or make a decision or calculation.

    ‘here is a guide to the number of curtain hooks you will need’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Measuring your waist gives a rough guide to whether you need to lose some weight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They know they have to live their own lives, and use that inherent intuition as a guide to practical decisions.’
    • ‘If there is, could you help me out with a phonemic transcription or even a rough guide to the pronunciation of the following?’
    • ‘Post decision rationalisation is not always a guide to the decision making process and in most situations will have to be treated with caution.’
    • ‘A quick guide to the calculations performed is shown in Table 1.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This book provides a unique and contemporary guide to assist this decision.’
    • ‘But it's actually useless - or downright misleading - as a guide to making decisions.’
    • ‘Understanding the frequency of onset also can be a guide to recognizing symptoms.’
    • ‘But no matter where you live, you can use the program outlined in this brochure as a general guide to growing a healthy lawn.’
    • ‘I recognise that Letters to the Editor are not necessarily an infallible guide to public opinion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Species and site characteristics often serve as a general guide to fertilization in established Christmas tree plantations.’
    • ‘It's especially valuable to have a guide to decision making.’
    model, pattern, blueprint, template, archetype, prototype, sample, example, exemplar
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  • 3A book, document, or display providing information on a subject or about a place.

    ‘a guide to baby and toddler care’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His book is a comprehensive guide to techniques and methods currently used by police, special forces and intelligence operators.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are study guides offered in many subjects, like literature, math, history, the sciences - this list could go on forever.’
    • ‘However, as a comprehensive guide to a difficult subject it is excellent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘We are trying to create the widest selection possible for UK and worldwide guides and travel books,’ he added.’
    • ‘Solicitors recognise that many buyers are baffled by a lack of clear and comprehensive information and guides to talk them through the procedure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is not a travel guide, but a book that is steeped in discovering India as she is.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dictionaries range from language guides to handbooks of information arranged alphabetically on a range of topics.’
    • ‘This guide contains information on about 3000 courses offered by universities, technikons, private and technical colleges in South Africa.’
    • ‘She equipped herself with a little optimism, phrase books and travel guides, and clothes contained for overhead storage space.’
    guidebook, tourist guide, travel guide, baedeker, travelogue, directory, handbook, manual, abc, a to z
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  • 4A structure or marking which directs the motion or positioning of something.

    ‘the guides for the bolt needed straightening’
    • ‘You must wash all tackle in hot soapy water, making sure to scrub the reel foot, winch fittings and rod guides.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Using the bolts as guides, lower the bowl into place over the flange.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The interchangeable synthetic bar guides with mechanical locking and oil bath system can produce up to 35 parts per minute.’
    • ‘Founded in 1994, the company specializes in manufacturing chain and belt guides and other wear components from various plastic materials.’
    • ‘With either style, you need to check the connection points where the guides are attached.’
    • ‘The drill guide was removed and a second drill guide was inserted to position the remaining tunnel.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 5A soldier, vehicle, or ship whose position determines the movements of others.


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

    ‘he guided her to the front row and sat beside her’
    • ‘The key advice is know your own message and stick to it and lean on your financial PR company to guide you.’
    • ‘Many books are available to guide you through the steps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are verbal prompts to guide you, and the service is available in Chinese and English.’
    • ‘In the following pages we'll guide you through a how-to on building your own PC.’
    • ‘So far as I know, no manuals or books or rules are currently available to guide us.’
    • ‘But I do not use the lead rope to guide him or steer him or to give him any signals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Make sure she knows what is available and guide her to help.’
    • ‘The glass doors to the waiting room slide open, and the attendant guides you into the chapel; you have 15 minutes.’
    • ‘I allowed my eyes to drink everything in as my companion gently guided me towards our next stop.’
    • ‘Specifically, the following questions guided us in the investigative and reflective process throughout our study.’
    • ‘One photographer and his assistant guided us hurriedly, shuttling between studios with different layouts.’
    • ‘For centuries, man has relied on the stars, circling planets and the constant horizon to guide him in his travels.’
    • ‘Finding a therapist who fits the following parameters will guide you in your search.’
    • ‘Their female companion guided him as Steve smirked with triumph in the background.’
    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 Direct the motion or positioning of (something)
      ‘the groove in the needle guides the thread’
      • ‘The trial flight involved guiding the plane from a set position above a small runway to the ground, a challenging task.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Its pilot, in a show of agility, guided the airship to a vertical position before shooting off into the sky.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Missiles are also guided by radar, if they are the larger ones in Explainer's size range.’
      • ‘Regardless of its munition, it should be guided to its target for precision attack.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Your doctor guides the needle into position using special x-ray equipment.’
      • ‘She gently pushed his hand down on the knife, guiding it through the motions.’
      • ‘Initially, machines are easier to use as they set you up in the right position and guide the weight through the correct path.’
      • ‘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 sailor controls the mast with their arms and steers in a standing position, moving body weight to guide the vessel.’
      • ‘The darts maintain a high kinetic energy as they are guided to the same single target.’
      • ‘The embryologist guides the needle into the egg using joystick directed servomotors’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2with object Direct or have an influence on the course of action of (someone or something)

    ‘he guided the team to a second successive win in the tournament’
    • ‘The most potent initial influence guiding the young Augustine in philosophical matters came from Cicero's dialogues.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Guru had come to guide, govern and influence the lives of the Sikhs both in the temporal and the spiritual fields.’
    • ‘We start from specific body characteristics and rules of behavior and are guided by the patterns that the model itself generates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The final stage of post-conventional morality sees behavior and conscience as guided by loftier universal principles.’
    • ‘I allowed myself to plan out my life and didn't let provident direction guide my life.’
    • ‘But these messages guided and influenced the evolution of the data realm, and change continued in many different ways.’
    • ‘Doctrine is designed to provide a set of principles to guide the further development of policy, instructions, procedures, and techniques.’
    • ‘These types of lists exist in many disciplines and act as benchmarks on which to guide one's collection development activities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Politics is the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy.’
    • ‘However, its development has not been guided by any master plan.’
    • ‘There is also still the question of what principles should guide the newer global developments.’
    • ‘If you're looking for the definitive how-to book, complete with formulas to guide your daily managerial behavior, this isn't it.’
    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.