Guidance can mean steering (like the navigation system in a satellite) or the act of providing direction (like a guidance counselor does).

Back in the 1530s, guidance started out meaning "the process of directing conduct," similar to what we think of when we think of parents, mentors, or counselors. If you've ever asked a friend for advice on what to wear, you were seeking their guidance. But guidance also applies to physical direction. We might use a global positioning system (GPS) for guidance when we drive. Years ago, sailors relied on the stars for guidance. Sherpas provide guidance to climbers hiking Mt. Everest so they don't get lost.

Definitions of guidance

n the act of guiding or showing the way

Type of:
direction, management
the act of managing something

n the act of setting and holding a course

direction, steering
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the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal
the action of directing something at an object
navigation, pilotage, piloting
the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
celestial guidance
a method of controlling the flight of a missile or spacecraft by reference to the positions of celestial bodies
inertial guidance, inertial navigation
a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to inertial forces
command guidance
a method of controlling the flight of a missile by commands originating from the ground or from another missile
terrestrial guidance
a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to the strength and direction of the earth's gravitational field
the act of driving an automobile
instrument flying
navigation of an airplane solely by instruments
astronavigation, celestial navigation
navigating according to the positions of the stars
dead reckoning
navigation without the aid of celestial observations
Type of:
the activity of managing or exerting control over something

n something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action

counsel, counseling, counselling, direction
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guideline, road map
a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action
career counseling
counseling on career opportunities
something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners)
genetic counseling
guidance for prospective parents on the likelihood of genetic disorders in their future children
marriage counseling
counseling on marital problems and disagreements
confidential information, hint, lead, steer, tip, wind
an indication of potential opportunity
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

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