Definition of guideline in US English:

guideline

noun

  • A general rule, principle, or piece of advice.

    • ‘This is not a question that can easily be answered, but some general guidelines can be offered.’
    • ‘Then you have his breach of the guideline that directors should only chair one top 100 company.’
    • ‘I mean, is there a guideline, is there a statute, is there a procedure, or do they make it up as they go along?’
    • ‘The guideline avoids specific recommendations on cholesterol lowering drugs.’
    • ‘The spokesman added the new rules would not be compatible with their current guidelines.’
    • ‘New health and safety guidelines prevent the new generation of trains doing this.’
    • ‘And now it has issued guidelines to drivers to make sure they are fit for the road.’
    • ‘As the usability guideline suggested, any new function is a road block for users to find the other functions.’
    • ‘Darkness fell, and strict safety guidelines kept us from going out on deck unless in pairs.’
    • ‘Like other rural clergy, he is following the guidelines issued by the Archbishop of York.’
    • ‘For that reason attempts have been made to draw up rules or guidelines for fact-finders.’
    • ‘The articles are intended to be general guidelines which apply to every country you may play.’
    • ‘Schools have been issued with guidelines on how to handle anti-war protests by pupils.’
    • ‘The chief medical officer has also issued interim guidelines pending his final report.’
    • ‘The Health and Safety Executive also issued guidelines for working safely on the Bay.’
    • ‘I also take into account the statutory guidelines and all the circumstances of the case.’
    • ‘For asthma the guidelines recommended the appropriate use of all reported drugs.’
    • ‘I had written something to say about her, just as a basic guideline for me to work from.’
    • ‘The general guideline for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.’
    • ‘There are, however, some basic guidelines to follow during the course of the hand.’
    recommendation, instruction, direction, suggestion, advice
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Pronunciation

guideline

/ˈɡīdˌlīn//ˈɡaɪdˌlaɪn/