verb (used with object), guided, guiding.
to assist (a person) to travel through, or reach a destination in, an unfamiliar area, as by accompanying or giving directions to the person: He guided us through the forest.
to accompany (a sightseer) to show points of interest and to explain their meaning or significance.
to force (a person, object, or animal) to move in a certain path.
to supply (a person) with advice or counsel, as in practical or spiritual affairs.
to supervise (someone's actions or affairs) in an advisory capacity.
a person who guides, especially one hired to guide travelers, tourists, hunters, etc.
a mark, tab, or the like, to catch the eye and thus provide quick reference.
a book, pamphlet, etc., giving information, instructions, or advice; handbook: an investment guide.
a device that regulates or directs progressive motion or action: a sewing-machine guide.
a spirit believed to direct the utterances of a medium.
Military. a member of a group marching in formation who sets the pattern of movement or alignment for the rest.

1325–75; Middle English giden (v.), gide (noun) < Old French gui(d)er (v.), gui(d)e (noun) < Germanic; akin to wit2

guidable, adjective
guideless, adjective
guider, noun
guidingly, adverb
nonguidable, adjective
preguide, verb (used with object), preguided, preguiding.
reguide, verb (used with object), reguided, reguiding.
unguidable, adjective

1. pilot, steer, escort. Guide, conduct, direct, lead imply showing the way or pointing out or determining the course to be taken. Guide implies continuous presence or agency in showing or indicating a course: to guide a traveler. To conduct is to precede or escort to a place, sometimes with a degree of ceremony: to conduct a guest to his room. To direct is to give information for guidance, or instructions or orders for a course of procedure: to direct someone to the station. To lead is to bring onward in a course, guiding by contact or by going in advance; hence, fig., to influence or induce to some course of conduct: to lead a procession; to lead astray. 5. regulate, manage, govern, rule. 6. pilot, director, conductor. 7. sign, signal, indication, key, clue.

1. follow. Unabridged
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guide (ɡaɪd)
1.  to lead the way for (a person)
2.  to control the movement or course of (an animal, vehicle, etc) by physical action; steer
3.  to supervise or instruct (a person)
4.  (tr) to direct the affairs of (a person, company, nation, etc): he guided the country through the war
5.  (tr) to advise or influence (a person) in his standards or opinions: let truth guide you always
6.  a.  a person, animal, or thing that guides
 b.  (as modifier): a guide dog
7.  a person, usually paid, who conducts tour expeditions, etc
8.  a model or criterion, as in moral standards or accuracy
9.  See guidebook
10.  a book that instructs or explains the fundamentals of a subject or skill: a guide to better living
11.  any device that directs the motion of a tool or machine part
12.  a.  a mark, sign, etc, that points the way
 b.  (in combination): guidepost
13.  spiritualism a spirit believed to influence a medium so as to direct what he utters and convey messages through him
14.  a.  navy a ship in a formation used as a reference for manoeuvres, esp with relation to maintaining the correct formation and disposition
 b.  military a soldier stationed to one side of a column or line to regulate alignment, show the way, etc
[C14: from (Old) French guider, of Germanic origin; compare Old English wītan to observe]
adj, —n

Guide (ɡaɪd)
(sometimes not capital) US equivalent: Girl Scout a member of an organization for girls equivalent to the Scouts

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. guider "to guide, lead, conduct," from Frankish *witan "show the way," from P.Gmc. *wit- "to know" (cf. Ger. weisen "to show, point out," O.E. witan "to see"). The French word influenced by O.Prov. guidar (n.) "guide, leader," from the same source. The noun meaning "one who shows
the way" first recorded mid-14c. In 18c. France, a "for Dummies" or "Idiot's Guide to" book would be a guid' âne, lit. "guide-ass."
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Medical Dictionary

guide (gīd)
A device or instrument by which something is led into its proper course, such as a grooved director or a catheter guide.

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Computing Dictionary

GUIDE definition

Graphical User Interface Development Environment from Sun.

Guide definition

A hypertext system from the University of Kent (GB) and OWL for displaying on-line documentation.

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Example sentences
Not a guide to negotiating the back-to-school barbecue, but a handy guide to
  manipulating text.
Genome sequencing is now starting to be used in the clinic to guide diagnosis
  and treatment decisions.
Claim a free gift at the gift shop when you complete the quest to have your
  guide stamped at each stop on the self-guided tour.
In some cases, he argues, it might even guide them to subject matter they have
  a propensity for but may not have realized.
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