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.

Definitions of guide
  1. noun
    someone employed to conduct others
    synonyms: usher
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    types:
    usherette
    a female usher
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    escort
    an attendant who is employed to accompany someone
  2. noun
    someone who shows the way by leading or advising
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    types:
    cicerone
    a guide who conducts and informs sightseers
    tour guide
    a guide who leads others on a tour
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    leader
    a person who rules or guides or inspires others
  3. noun
    someone who can find paths through unexplored territory
    synonyms: pathfinder, scout
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    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
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    expert
    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
  4. verb
    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
    synonyms: channelise, channelize, direct, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
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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
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    command, control
    exercise authoritative control or power over
  5. verb
    be a guiding or motivating force or drive
    synonyms: steer
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    type of:
    direct
    be in charge of
  6. verb
    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
  7. verb
    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
  8. noun
    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
  9. noun
    a model or standard for making comparisons
    synonyms: template, templet
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    types:
    rhythm, speech rhythm
    the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements
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    example, model
    a representative form or pattern
  10. noun
    a structure or marking that serves to direct the motion or positioning of something
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    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  11. verb
    use as a guide
    “They had the lights to guide on”
    synonyms: guide on
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    type of:
    orient, orientate
    determine one's position with reference to another point
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