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Meaning of “guideline” in the English Dictionary

"guideline" in British English

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guidelinenoun [C usually plural]

uk   us   /ˈɡaɪd.laɪn/
C1 informationintended to ​advisepeople on how something should be done or what something should be: The EU has issued guidelines on ​appropriatelevels of ​pay for ​part-timemanualworkers.

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(Definition of guideline from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guideline" in American English

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guidelinenoun [C]

 us   /ˈɡɑɪdˌlɑɪn/
a ​piece of ​information that ​suggests how something should be done: The ​article gives guidelines on how to ​investyourmoneysafely.
(Definition of guideline from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “guideline”
in Chinese (Simplified) 指导方针, 指导原则, 准则…
in Chinese (Traditional) 指導方針, 指導原則, 準則…
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