To guide is to show someone the way through a place or an experience.
- A teacher guides his or her students through a course.
- Light from a beacon guided us to our destination.
- The blind man’s daughter guided him through the crowd.
- The navigation system on your cell phone can guide you through the streets of any city.
- A counselor helps guide students as they go through school.
There are two nouns that are associated with this word: guide and guidance. A guide is a person or a reference; guidance is advice or help.
- A guide showed us around the old city.
- The doctor provided his patient with some guidance about the importance of diet and exercise.
- I’m going to need some guidance in upgrading the RAM on my computer.
- This book is a good guide when traveling through Canada.
A map is a useful guide.
The word "guided" is an adjective:
- There are guided tours of Chicago that you can take if you travel to that city as a tourist.
- Guiding reading practice can help you become a better speaker of English.
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Published April 28, 2013; updated April 16, 2017