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(1)   A model or standard for making comparisons
(2)   Something that offers basic information or instruction
(3)   Someone who shows the way by leading or advising
(4)   Someone who can find paths through unexplored territory
(5)   Someone employed to conduct others


(6)   Guide or pass over something
"He ran his eyes over her body"
"She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"
"He drew her hair through his fingers"
(7)   Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
(8)   Take somebody somewhere
"We lead him to our chief"
"Can you take me to the main entrance?"
"He conducted us to the palace"
(9)   Use as a guide
"They had the lights to guide on"
(10)   Be a guiding force, as with directions or advice
"The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses"


Originated 1325–75 from the verb or noun , from the verb or noun , from , from , from , from . Akin to ; see .


  1. Someone who guides, especially someone hired to show people around a place or an institution and offer information and explanation.
  2. A document or book that offers information or instruction; guidebook.
  3. A sign that guides people; guidepost.
  4. Any marking or object that catches the eye to provide quick reference.
  5. A device that guides part of a machine, or guides motion or action.
  6. A spirit believed to speak through a medium.
  7. A member of a group marching in formation who sets the pattern of movement or alignment for the rest.

Related terms


  1. to serve as a guide for someone or something.
  2. to steer or navigate, especially a ship or as a pilot.
  3. to exert control or influence over someone or something.
  4. to supervise the education or training of someone.
  5. to act as a guide.