[ gahyd-ns ]
See synonyms for guidance on
  1. the act or function of guiding; leadership; direction.

  2. advice or counseling, especially that provided for students choosing a course of study or preparing for a vocation.

  1. supervised care or assistance, especially therapeutic help in the treatment of minor emotional disturbances.

  2. something that guides.

  3. 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

First recorded in 1765–75; guide + -ance

Other words for guidance

Other words from guidance

  • non·guid·ance, noun
  • pre·guid·ance, noun
  • self-guidance, noun

Words Nearby guidance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use guidance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for guidance


/ (ˈɡaɪdəns) /

  1. leadership, instruction, or direction

    • counselling or advice on educational, vocational, or psychological matters

    • (as modifier): the marriage-guidance counsellor

  1. something that guides

  2. any process by which the flight path of a missile is controlled in flight: See also guided missile

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