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Meaning of “guide” in the English Dictionary

"guide" in British English

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guidenoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡaɪd/
  • guide noun [C] (BOOK)

B1 a ​book that gives you the most ​importantinformation about a ​particularsubject: a ​hotel/​wine guide a guide to the ​birds of ​NorthAmerica a ​guidebook: a guide to Spain travel guides

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  • guide noun [C] (HELP)

something that ​helps you ​form an ​opinion or make a ​decision about something ​else: I never ​followrecipesexactly when I ​cook - I just use them as rough guides.

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  • guide noun [C] (PERSON)

A2 a ​person whose ​job is ​showing a ​place or a ​particularroute to ​visitors: We ​hired a guide to take us up into the ​mountains. a tour guide

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guideverb

uk   us   /ɡaɪd/
  • guide verb (HELP)

[T] to show someone how to do something ​difficult: Our ​lawyer guided us through the more ​complicatedquestions on the ​form.

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  • guide verb (SHOW WAY)

B1 [T] to show ​people around a ​place: The ​curator guided us through the ​gallery, ​pointing out the most ​famouspaintings in the ​collection. a guided tour of the ​cityB1 [T] to take someone ​somewhere or to show someone how to get ​somewhere: The ​shopassistant guided me to the ​shelf where the ​gardeningbooks were ​displayed. The ​runwaylights guide the ​plane in to ​land. [T usually + adv/prep] to take ​hold of ​part of someone's ​body, ​especiallytheirarm, and take that ​personsomewhere: He took my ​arm and guided me to the ​bar.

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  • Jane guided us round the ​colleges.
  • My ​colleague here will guide you around the ​museum.
  • He guided us through the ​woods.
  • It's ​better if you have someone to guide you round the ​city.
  • Shall I guide you round the ​house?

Guidenoun

uk   us   /ɡaɪd/
[C] (also Girl Guide) a ​girl between ten and 14 ​yearsold who is a ​member of the Guides ​organizationthe Guides [plural] an ​internationalorganization for ​young women that ​encourages them to take ​part in different ​activities and to ​becomeresponsible and ​independent
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(Definition of guide from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guide" in American English

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guidenoun [C]

 us   /ɡɑɪd/
a ​person whose ​job it is to show a ​place or a ​route to visitors: Our ​tour guide in Rome was a ​lovelyyoung woman who ​spokeperfectEnglish. A guide is also a ​book or ​piece of ​information that gives ​advice or ​help on how to do or ​understand something: a ​travel guide a guide to the ​bestrestaurants a ​tax guide

guideverb [T]

 us   /ɡɑɪd/
to show a ​place or a ​route to visitors: She ​guided me into her ​livingroom and ​offered me a ​seat on her ​couch. We took a ​guidedtour of (= A guide ​showed us) the ​historichouses in Newport. to give someone ​advice or ​help on how to do or ​understand something: If you ​want to ​learn how to use the ​computer, it has a ​program that will guide you through it (= show you how to use it). To guide someone or something can also ​mean to ​control or ​influence that ​person or thing: Public ​policy must be ​guided by the ​bestinformationavailable.
(Definition of guide from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"guide" in Business English

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guidenoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡaɪd/
something that helps you ​form an ​opinion or make a decision about something else: Examine your ​financialgoals using the ​checklist on ​page 120 as a guide.a guide to sth GDP is not always a ​reliable guide to the ​health of an ​economy. As a ​rough guide, expect to ​pay up to €500 for a basic ​website.
a ​book, ​website, etc. that gives you the most important ​information about a particular ​subject: a useful guide for new ​investorsa guide to sth The ​website is an ​onlineconsumer guide to the best ​electronicproducts.
(also tour guide) a ​person whose ​job is showing a ​place or a particular ​route to visitors: Our guide was ​full of wonderful stories.

guideverb

uk   us   /ɡaɪd/
[T] to ​help someone ​form an ​opinion or make a decision: The ​survey is used to guide ​interestratepolicy. Public ​opinion is guided by the ​massmedia. A love of ​risk and adventure has guided his ​career.
[T] to show someone how to do something difficult: guide sb through/to/toward sth Our ​lawyer guided us through the more complicated ​questions on the ​form. The new ​system is ​designed to guide ​consumers to the ​cheapest and simplest ​loanoffers. A ​team of ​advisors was ​hired to guide the ​companyforward.
[T] to take someone somewhere, or make something ​move in the direction in which you want it to go: guide sb/sth around/into/toward sth A ​series of ​signs guide visitors around the ​factory. Guide the motor carefully into ​place and ​secure it with the screws.
(Definition of guide from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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