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verb [transitive] guide pronunciation in American English /ɡaɪd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleguiding
past tenseguided
past participleguided
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  1. 1
    to show someone which direction they should walk or travel in by going with them
    guide someone through/to/along etc. something:

    He guided them through the forest.

    Carol will guide you around the museum.

    1. a.
      to physically help someone to move in a particular direction
      guide someone to/along etc. something:

      Lucy took the old man’s arm and gently guided him to his chair.

    2. b.
      to carefully move a vehicle or other moving object so that it goes where you want it to go
      guide something toward/into etc. something:

      Slowly he guided the boat toward the dock.

    3. c.
      if a light, signal, etc. guides someone or something, it shows them where to go

      We had only the stars to guide us.

      The airplanes are guided in by radio beacons.

  2. 2
    to help someone to make decisions or judgments about something

    There was no market research to guide them.

    guiding principle (=a very important belief that influences your decisions):

    You must have some guiding principles for the way you run your business.

    1. a.
      to help someone to do something by giving them advice at different stages
      guide someone through something:

      We can guide you through the maze of financial planning.

      guide someone in something:

      Students should be carefully guided in their reading.

  3. 3
    to try to make a situation or an organization develop in a particular way

    a code that attempts to guide the conduct of lawyers

    guide something toward something:

    Harry tried to guide the conversation toward the subject of money.


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