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noun [uncountable] guidance pronunciation in British English /ˈɡaɪd(ə)ns/

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  1. 1
    advice about what you should do or how you should behave
    Many people have given us advice and guidance about the baby.
    marriage guidance (=help given to people who have problems in their marriage)
    guidance on: I need some guidance on which university course I should choose.
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      advice from an official organization on how to deal with particular situations
      The government is issuing new guidance on inspections in schools.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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