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Definition of guide verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    guide

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡaɪd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they guide
    BrE BrE//ɡaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡaɪd//
     
    he / she / it guides
    BrE BrE//ɡaɪdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡaɪdz//
     
    past simple guided
    BrE BrE//ˈɡaɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡaɪdɪd//
     
    past participle guided
    BrE BrE//ˈɡaɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡaɪdɪd//
     
    -ing form guiding
    BrE BrE//ˈɡaɪdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡaɪdɪŋ//
     
     
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    show the way
  1. 1  guide somebody (to/through/around something) to show somebody the way to a place, often by going with them; to show somebody a place that you know well She guided us through the busy streets to the cathedral. We were guided around the museums.
  2. influence behaviour
  3. 2  guide somebody to direct or influence somebody’s behaviour He was always guided by his religious beliefs.
  4. explain
  5. 3  guide somebody (through something) to explain to somebody how to do something, especially something complicated or difficult The health and safety officer will guide you through the safety procedures.
  6. help somebody move
  7. 4  guide somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) to help somebody to move in a particular direction; to move something in a particular direction She took her arm and guided her across the busy road. He guided her hand to his face. see also guiding
  8. Synonymstakelead escort drive show walk guide usher directThese words all mean to go with somebody from one place to another.take to go with somebody from one place to another, for example in order to show them something or to show them the way to a place:It’s too far to walk—I’ll take you by car.lead to go with or go in front of somebody in order to show them the way or to make them go in the right direction:Firefighters led the survivors to safety.escort to go with somebody in order to protect or guard them or to show them the way:The president arrived, escorted by twelve bodyguards.drive to take somebody somewhere in a car, taxi, etc:My mother drove us to the airport.show to take somebody to a particular place, in the right direction, or along the correct route:The attendant showed us to our seats.walk to go somewhere with somebody on foot, especially in order to make sure that they get there safely; to take an animal, especially a dog, for a walk or make an animal walk somewhere:He always walked her home. Have you walked the dog yet today?guide to show somebody the way to a place, often by going with them; to show somebody a place that you know well:She guided us through the busy streets. We were guided around the museums.usher (rather formal) to politely take or show somebody where they should go, especially within a building:She ushered her guests to their seats.direct (rather formal) to tell or show somebody how to get somewhere or where to go:A young woman directed them to the station.Patterns to take/​lead/​escort/​drive/​show/​walk/​guide/​usher/​direct somebody to/​out of/​into something to take/​lead/​escort/​drive/​show/​walk/​guide somebody around/​round to take/​lead/​escort/​drive/​walk somebody home to take/​lead/​escort/​guide somebody to safety to lead/​show the way Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French guide (noun), guider (verb), of Germanic origin.Extra examples He guided me in my research. He guided us through the intricacies of the divorce law. He took her arm, gently guiding her. Schools were firmly guided on the details of the curriculum She guided him across the busy road. Their teacher Phil Bailey carefully guides them through rehearsals. They guide you expertly through the whole process. This book will serve to guide you in the fulfilment of a successful relationship. a document guiding teachers on how to maintain discipline the information and data which help guide the affairs of the business the ways in which young people are guided into employment He guided her up some stone steps. It’s a dangerous route—you’ll need someone to guide you. She guided us through the busy streets.
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