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


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 guiding

Contemporary Examples of guiding

Historical Examples of guiding

  • He straightened up and held out his hand, guiding me to a seat beside him.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • But to view it as a part of a normal growth is to secure the basis for guiding it.

  • And then, like a guiding beacon, a point of green showed once more.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • Was there no guiding mind, no military talent, no common sense?

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • Jones asked, guiding the ship in a slow spiral over the planet.

    The Hour of Battle

    Robert Sheckley

British Dictionary definitions for guiding



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 guiding



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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guiding in Medicine




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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