accompanied by a guide: a guided tour.
supervised or controlled: a guided beam.

Origin of guided

First recorded in 1905–10; guide + -ed2
Related formsself-guid·ed, adjectiveun·guid·ed, adjectiveun·guid·ed·ly, adverbwell-guid·ed, adjective



verb (used with object), guid·ed, guid·ing.

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.

Origin of guide

1325–75; Middle English giden (v.), gide (noun) < Old French gui(d)er (v.), gui(d)e (noun) < Germanic; akin to wit2
Related formsguid·a·ble, adjectiveguide·less, adjectiveguid·er, nounguid·ing·ly, adverbnon·guid·a·ble, adjectivepre·guide, verb (used with object), pre·guid·ed, pre·guid··guide, verb (used with object), re·guid·ed, re·guid·ing.un·guid·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for guide

Synonym study

1. 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.

Antonyms for guide

1. follow. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guided

Contemporary Examples of guided

Historical Examples of guided

  • He has guided Robert so often, and been with him in so many trying scenes, he never can have the heart to betray him, or us.


    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Jimmy, guided by Beth, swept along the village street, charged the short hill to the vicarage gate and pulled up before the door.

    The Smuggler's Cave

    George A. Birmingham

  • On over the crags and glaciers Tarrano guided their frail flying platform.

    Tarrano the Conqueror

    Raymond King Cummings

  • The rope, which is guided upon sheaves between the rails, is taken twice round the head pulley.

  • Murray was at his side in a moment and guided him to a chair.

    The Best Policy

    Elliott Flower

British Dictionary definitions for guided



to lead the way for (a person)
to control the movement or course of (an animal, vehicle, etc) by physical action; steer
to supervise or instruct (a person)
(tr) to direct the affairs of (a person, company, nation, etc)he guided the country through the war
(tr) to advise or influence (a person) in his standards or opinionslet truth guide you always


  1. a person, animal, or thing that guides
  2. (as modifier)a guide dog
a person, usually paid, who conducts tour expeditions, etc
a model or criterion, as in moral standards or accuracy
a book that instructs or explains the fundamentals of a subject or skilla guide to better living
any device that directs the motion of a tool or machine part
  1. a mark, sign, etc, that points the way
  2. (in combination)guidepost
spiritualism a spirit believed to influence a medium so as to direct what he utters and convey messages through him
  1. navya ship in a formation used as a reference for manoeuvres, esp with relation to maintaining the correct formation and disposition
  2. militarya soldier stationed to one side of a column or line to regulate alignment, show the way, etc
Derived Formsguidable, adjectiveguideless, adjectiveguider, nounguiding, adjective, noun

Word Origin for guide

C14: from (Old) French guider, of Germanic origin; compare Old English wītan to observe



(sometimes not capital) a member of an organization for girls equivalent to the ScoutsUS equivalent: Girl Scout
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Word Origin and History for guided



late 14c., "to lead, direct, conduct," from Old French guider "to guide, lead, conduct" (14c.), earlier guier, from Frankish *witan "show the way" or a similar Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *wit- "to know" (cf. German weisen "to show, point out," Old English witan "to see"), from PIE *weid- "to see" (see vision). The form of the French word influenced by Old Provençal guidar (n.) "guide, leader," or Italian guidare, both from the same source. Related: Guided; guiding.



mid-14c., "one who shows the way," from Old French guide, 14c. (alteration of earlier guie), verbal noun from guider (see guide (v.)). In book titles from 1610s; meaning "book of information on local sites" is from 1759. In 18c. France, a "for Dummies" or "Idiot's Guide to" book would have been a guid' âne, literally "guide-ass."

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Medicine definitions for guided




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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