Meaning of “guideline” in the English Dictionary

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"guideline" in British English

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guidelinenoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /ˈɡaɪd.laɪn/ us /ˈɡaɪd.laɪn/

C1 information intended to advise people on how something should be done or what something should be:

The EU has issued guidelines on appropriate levels of pay for part-time manual workers.

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  • Playground guidelines come under the Department of Health and Safety.
  • It is intended that these guidelines should be applied flexibly and pragmatically.
  • Most teachers think the government's guidelines on homework are too prescriptive.
  • We follow very strict guidelines on the use and storage of personal details on computers.
  • Manufacturers may fall foul of the new government guidelines.

(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 invest your money safely.

(Definition of “guideline” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)