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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 lovely young woman who spoke perfect English.
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 best restaurants a tax guide

guideverb [T]

us   /ɡɑɪd/
to show a place or a route to visitors: She guided me into her living room and offered me a seat on her couch. We took a guided tour of (= A guide showed us) the historic houses 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 best information available.
(Definition of guide from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"guide" in British English

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guidenoun [C]

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

B1 a book that gives you the most important information about a particular subject: a hotel/wine guide a guide to the birds of North America
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 follow recipes exactly 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 particular route to visitors: We hired a guide to take us up into the mountains. a tour guide

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guideverb

uk   /ɡaɪd/ us   /ɡaɪd/
  • guide verb (HELP)

[T] to show someone how to do something difficult: Our lawyer guided us through the more complicated questions 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 famous paintings in the collection. a guided tour of the city
B1 [T] to take someone somewhere or to show someone how to get somewhere: The shop assistant guided me to the shelf where the gardening books were displayed. The runway lights guide the plane in to land.
[T usually + adv/prep] to take hold of part of someone's body, especially their arm, and take that person somewhere: He took my arm and guided me to the bar.

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Guidenoun

uk   /ɡaɪd/ us   /ɡaɪd/
[C] also Girl Guide a girl between ten and 14 years old who is a member of the Guides organization
the Guides [plural]
an international organization for young women that encourages them to take part in different activities and to become responsible and independent
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(Definition of guide from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guide" in Business English

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guidenoun [C]

uk   /ɡaɪd/ us  
something that helps you form an opinion or make a decision about something else: Examine your financial goals 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 online consumer guide to the best electronic products.
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   /ɡaɪd/ us  
[T] to help someone form an opinion or make a decision: The survey is used to guide interest rate policy. Public opinion is guided by the mass media. 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 loan offers. A team of advisors was hired to guide the company forward.
[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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