guide


guide
guide vb Guide, lead, steer, pilot, engineer are comparable when meaning to direct a person or thing in his or its course or to show the way which he or it should follow.
Guide usually implies assistance either by means of a person with intimate knowledge of the course or way and of all its difficulties and dangers
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some heavenly power guide us out of this fearful country— Shak.

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how shall I tread ... the dark descent, and who shall guide the way?— Pope

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men who guide the plough— Crabbe

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the teacher, the parent, or the friend can often do much ... to guide the pupil into an enjoyment of thinking— Eliot

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or by means of something (as a light, the stars, a principle, or a device on a machine) which prevents a person or thing from getting off course or going astray
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the fine taste which has guided the vast expenditure— Disraeli

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a vehement gloomy being, who had quitted the ways of vulgar men, without light to guide him on a better way— Hardy

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Lead stresses the idea of going in advance to show the way and, often, to keep those that follow in order or under control
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a band led each division of the procession

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the flagship led the fleet

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he longed ... to lead his men on to victory— Marryat

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this influence should rather lead than drive— Eliot

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Often, especially in idiomatic phrases, lead implies the taking of the initiative, the giving of example, or the assumption of the role of leader, director, or guide
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he . . . allured to brighter worlds, and led the way— Goldsmith

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lead people astray by giving them a bad example

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led the van in solving problems "susceptible of certain knowledge"— Sellery

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Steer stresses the guidance by one able to control the mechanism which determines the course or direction (as of a boat, an automobile, an airplane); it carries a stronger implication of governing or maneuvering than any of the preceding terms
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steer a ship safely through a narrow channel

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fortune brings in some boats that are not steeredShak.

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I eagerly desire to steer clear of metaphysics— Lowes

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secure in the faith that his reasoned intelligence will steer him correctly at all times— H. N. Macleany

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Pilot implies the assistance of a person competent to steer a vessel safely through unknown or difficult waters (as into or out of a port)
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pilot a vessel through Ambrose Channel into New York harbor

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In its extended use it implies guidance over a course where one may easily lose one's way because of its intricacy or may run afoul of various obstacles or dangers
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their room steward piloted them to the ship's dining room

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we know not where we go, or what sweet dream may pilot us through caverns strange and fair of far and pathless passion— Shelley

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piloting important bills through the Senate— Current Biog.

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Engineer means to lay out and manage the construction of some project (as a tunnel under a river, a highway, or a bridge)
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a firm of experts was called upon to engineer the irrigation project

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but in its more common extended sense it means to serve as a manager in carrying through something which requires contrivance and maneuvering
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engineer a resolution through the House of Representatives

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engineer an elaborate fraud

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the corner in grain engineered by parties in Chicago— Gould

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the coup d'état was engineered by high-ranking army officers

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Analogous words: conduct, convoy, escort, chaperon, *accompany: direct, manage, control, *conduct
Antonyms: misguide
Contrasted words: distract, bewilder, perplex, mystify, *puzzle: mislead, delude, beguile, *deceive

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  • guide — [ gid ] n. m. et f. • 1370; a. provenç. ou it. guida I ♦ N. 1 ♦ Personne qui accompagne (qqn) pour montrer le chemin, renseigner. Servir de guide à qqn. ⇒ cicérone, fam. cornac. Guide de montagne : alpiniste professionnel(le) diplômé(e). Guide d… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • guide — 1. (ghi d ) s. m. 1°   Celui, celle qui conduit une personne et, l accompagnant, lui montre le chemin. Il a pris un guide fidèle et expérimenté. On a des guides pour les excursions dans les Alpes ou les Pyrénées. •   Elle voulut être mon guide,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • guide- — ⇒GUIDE , élém. de compos. Élém. de compos. déverbal du verbe guider, servant à la constr. de subst. gén. masc. désignant essentiellement des appareils, des ustensiles servant à guider : guide âme, subst. masc. [Par imitation parodique de guide… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Guide — Guide, n. [OE. giae, F. guide, It. guida. See {Guide}, v. t.] 1. A person who leads or directs another in his way or course, as in a strange land; one who exhibits points of interest to strangers; a conductor; also, that which guides; a guidebook …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • guide — guide·book; guide; guide·less; guide·ship; mis·guide; guide·book·ish; guide·booky; guide·less·ness; …   English syllables

  • Guide — [frz.: gid , engl.: gaɪd ], der; s, s [frz., engl. guide < mfrz. guide, zu: guider = führen < afrz. guier, aus dem Germ.]: 1. Reisebegleiter, der Touristen führt. 2. Reiseführer o. Ä. als Handbuch. * * * Guide   [französisch gid, englisch… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Guide — Guide, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Guided}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Guiding}.] [OE. guiden, gyden, F. guiaer, It. guidare; prob. of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. ritan to watch over, give heed to, Icel. viti signal, AS. witan to know. The word prob. meant, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Guide — ist: der Singular von Guiden; der Kreis Guide (贵德县) im Autonomen Bezirk Hainan der Tibeter in der chinesischen Provinz Qinghai, siehe Guide (Hainan). die Bezeichnung für einen Helfer im Blindenfußball, der den Spielern vom Spielfeldrand Hinweise… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • guide — [gīd] vt. guided, guiding [ME giden < OFr guider < guide < It guida < Goth * wida, leader, guide < * witan, to observe, akin to OE witan, to see: see WISE1] 1. to point out the way for; direct on a course; conduct; lead 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • guidé — guidé, ée (ghi dé, dée) part. passé de guider. Guidé à travers la forêt par un bûcheron.    Fig. Guidé dans cet embarras par des amis prudents. •   Ils [les mystiques] se proposent certaines personnes, connues ou inconnues, qu ils prétendent… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré


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