guide

A guide is someone who shows you the way. You'd be lucky to have a kind older sibling to act as your guide through middle school, giving you advice and helping you figure out the school and social scenes.

A guide often leads tourists through a city, taking them to important sites, or assists a group of mountain climbers. Another kind of guide is a book of helpful instructions about what to see in a particular country, how to get along with your teenager, or the best way to grow orchids. When you guide people, you help them find their way, whether it's through the New York subway system or through the steps of building a campfire.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: guide

1
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someone employed to conduct others
direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
2
nv
something that offers basic information or instruction
use as a guide
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: guide
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n someone employed to conduct others

Synonyms:
usher
Types:
usherette
a female usher
Type of:
escort
an attendant who is employed to accompany someone

n someone who shows the way by leading or advising

Types:
cicerone
a guide who conducts and informs sightseers
tour guide
a guide who leads others on a tour
Type of:
leader
a person who rules or guides or inspires others

n someone who can find paths through unexplored territory

Synonyms:
pathfinder, scout
Examples:
Sacagawea
the Shoshone guide and interpreter who guided the Lewis and Clark expedition part of the way
Types:
hunting guide
guide to people hunting in unfamiliar territory
trailblazer
someone who marks a trail by leaving blazes on trees
Type of:
expert
a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

v direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Synonyms:
channelise, channelize, direct, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
Types:
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dock
maneuver into a dock
sheer
cause to sheer
pull over
steer a vehicle to the side of the road
helm
be at or take the helm of
crab
direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
navigate
direct carefully and safely
stand out
steer away from shore, of ships
starboard
turn to the right, of helms or rudders
conn
conduct or direct the steering of a ship or plane
navigate, pilot
act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance
canalise, canalize, channel
direct the flow of
corner, tree
force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
park
maneuver a vehicle into a parking space
dry-dock, drydock
maneuver (a ship) into a drydock
astrogate
guide in interplanetary travel
angle-park
park at an angle
parallel-park
park directly behind another vehicle
double-park
park a vehicle alongside another
Type of:
command, control
exercise authoritative control or power over

v be a guiding or motivating force or drive

Synonyms:
steer
Type of:
direct
be in charge of

v take somebody somewhere

Synonyms:
conduct, direct, lead, take
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beacon
guide with a beacon
hand
guide or conduct or usher somewhere
lead astray, misdirect, misguide, mislead
lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions
show, usher
take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums
marshal
lead ceremoniously, as in a procession

v pass over, across, or through

Synonyms:
draw, pass, run
draw, string, thread
thread on or as if on a string
lead, run
cause something to pass or lead somewhere
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rub
move over something with pressure
thread
pass through or into
thread
pass a thread through
brush
rub with a brush, or as if with a brush
pumice
rub with pumice, in order to clean or to smoothen
gauge
rub to a uniform size
puree, strain
rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
rosin
rub rosin onto
sponge down, sponge off
clean with a sponge, by rubbing
worry
touch or rub constantly
scour, scrub
clean with hard rubbing
abrade, scour
rub hard or scrub
blur, smear, smudge, smutch
make a smudge on; soil by smudging
grate, scrape
scratch repeatedly
pass over, wipe
rub with a circular motion
grate
reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface
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n something that offers basic information or instruction

Synonyms:
guidebook
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field guide
a guidebook describing natural objects of some type that might be encountered in the field
roadbook
a guidebook describing the roads of a country; contains maps and (sometimes) a gazetteer
itinerary, travel guidebook
a guidebook for travelers
baedeker
any of a series of travel guidebooks published by the German firm founded by Karl Baedeker
Type of:
enchiridion, handbook, vade mecum
a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location

n a model or standard for making comparisons

Synonyms:
template, templet
Types:
rhythm, speech rhythm
the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements
Type of:
example, model
a representative form or pattern

n a structure or marking that serves to direct the motion or positioning of something

Type of:
construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

v use as a guide

“They had the lights to guide on”
Synonyms:
guide on
Type of:
orient, orientate
determine one's position with reference to another point
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