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[gahyd-ns] /ˈgaɪd ns/
the act or function of guiding; leadership; direction.
advice or counseling, especially that provided for students choosing a course of study or preparing for a vocation.
supervised care or assistance, especially therapeutic help in the treatment of minor emotional disturbances.
something that guides.
the process by which the flight of a missile or rocket may be altered in speed and direction in response to controls situated either wholly in the projectile or partly at a base.
Origin of guidance
1765-75; guide + -ance
Related forms
nonguidance, noun
preguidance, noun
self-guidance, noun
1. management, conduct, supervision, control, government. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for guidance
  • Maybe you guys can give me some guidance.
  • Send some guidance from above.
  • Older students might be able to do this on their own with less guidance.
  • The guidance system was equally meritorious.
  • Grief counselors were on hand in the library and in the guidance office to help students.
  • We try to give guidance, instruction, and encouragement when needed.
  • Our style book gives our journalists the following guidance: Occasionally, a foreign language may provide the mot juste.
  • Only take advice under guidance of a trained professional.
  • Though she seeks her guidance counselor's help, he's always too busy to listen.
  • By intertwining guidance and jest, she's created an unexpected page-turner.
British Dictionary definitions for guidance


leadership, instruction, or direction
  1. counselling or advice on educational, vocational, or psychological matters
  2. (as modifier): the marriage-guidance counsellor
something that guides
any process by which the flight path of a missile is controlled in flight See also guided missile
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Word Origin and History for guidance

1530s, "the process of directing conduct," hybrid from guide + -ance; replacing 15c. guying. In reference to direction in school, career, marriage, etc., from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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