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Definition of guide verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    guide

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ɡaɪd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they guide
     
    he / she / it guides
     
    past simple guided
     
    -ing form guiding
     
     
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    show the way
  1. 1 guide somebody (to/through/around something) to show someone the way to a place, often by going with them; to show someone a place that you know well She guided us through the busy streets to the cathedral. We were guided around the museums. Thesaurustakelead escort drive show walk guide usher directThese words all mean to go with someone from one place to another.take to go with someone from one place to another, for example in order to show them something or to show them the way to a place:I'll take you to the party tomorrow.lead to go with or go in front of someone 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 someone in order to protect or guard them or to show them the way:The president was escorted by twelve bodyguards.drive to take someone somewhere in a car, taxi, etc:My mother drove us to the airport.show to take someone 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 someone 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 someone the way to a place, often by going with them; to show someone a place that you know well:She guided us through the busy streets. We were guided around the museums.usher (somewhat formal) to politely take or show someone where you want them to be, especially within a building:She ushered her guests to their seats.direct (somewhat formal) to tell or show someone 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/usher somebody around to take/lead/escort/drive/walk somebody home to take/lead/escort/guide/usher somebody to safety to lead/show the way
  2. influence behavior
  3. 2guide somebody to direct or influence someone's behavior He was always guided by his religious beliefs.
  4. explain
  5. 3guide somebody (through something) to explain to someone how to do something, especially something complicated or difficult The health and safety officer will guide you through the safety procedures.
  6. help someone move
  7. 4guide somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) to help someone 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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: guide