Definition of “guide” - English Dictionary

“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/

(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 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 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 investors
a 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)