Notebook, 1993-



To look after, Assist, Accompany, Supervise, Conduct, Direct, Lead, Govern, Pilot, Steer, Escort . . . . Showing the Way, Pointing Out, Determining the Course to be Taken . . . . Mark, Sign, Signal, Key to provide quick reference . . . . Contrivance for regulating progressive motion or action . . . . One who sets the pattern of movement or alignment for the rest of a group in formation

Implies continuous presence or agency in showing or indicating a course

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Guide v.t. 1. to assist [a person] to travel through, or reach a destination in, an area in which he does not know the way. 2. to accompnay [a sightseer] to show him points of interest. 3. to force [a person, object, or animal] to move in a certain path. 4. to supply [a person] with advice or counsel. 5. to supervise [someone's actions or affairs] in an advisory capacity. -n. 6. a person who guides, esp. one hired to guide travelers, tourists, hunters, etc. 7. a mark, tab, or the like, to catch the eye and thus provide quick reference. 8. a guidebook. 9. a guidepost. 10. a contrivance for regulating progressive motion or action: a sewing-machine guide. 11. a spirit believed to direct the utterances of a medium. 12. Mil. a member of a group marching in formation who sets the pattern of movement or alignment for the rest. [ME guide(n) < OF guid(er) < Gmc; cf. OE wítan to look after] -Syn. 1. pilot, steer, escort. 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, figuratively, to influence or induce to some course of conduct: to lead a procession; to lead astray. 5. regulate, manage, govern. 6. pilot, director, conductor. 7. sign, signal, key. -Ant. 1. follow. ALSO: Guidebook, Guideline, Guidepost, Guiderail, Guiderope, Guideword, etc. [Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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