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1. The act or process of guiding.
2. Counseling, such as that provided for students seeking advice about vocational and educational matters.
3. Any of various processes for guiding the path of a vehicle or missile, by means of built-in equipment.
4. A document providing official guidelines for implementing a policy: a new guidance regarding nondiscriminatory hiring practices.
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1. leadership, instruction, or direction
a. counselling or advice on educational, vocational, or psychological matters
b. (as modifier): guidance counsellor.
3. something that guides
4. (Military) any process by which the flight path of a missile is controlled in flight. See also guided missile
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(ˈgaɪd ns)

1. the act or function of guiding; leadership; direction.
2. advice or counseling, esp. for students on educational or vocational matters.
3. something that guides.
4. the process by which the flight of a missile or rocket may be altered by controls located either wholly in the projectile or partly at a ground base.
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bear leader The traveling tutor or guardian of well-heeled, aristocratic youths of the 18th century. Horace Walpole used the term in his Letters to Sir Horace Mann (1749):

She takes me for his bear-leader, his travelling governor.

The phrase is said to have come from the old practice of leading muzzled bears around the streets and having them perform in order to attract attention and money.

hand on the torch To pass on or transfer the tradition of enlightenment and knowledge to succeeding generations. The allusion is to the ancient Greek torch races, precursors of the Olympics, in which a lighted torch was passed from one runner to the next in the manner of modern-day relay races. Because of the brilliance of its light, the torch has long been symbolic of enlightenment and learning. The expression dates from at least 1887.

lick into shape To make suitable or presentable; to develop, mold, or give form to. This expression refers to the belief, prevalent until the 17th century, that bear cubs are born as amorphous masses that assume the normal ursiform appearance only if they are licked into shape by their mother. This mistaken assumption was based on information in The History of Animals by Aristotle (384-327 B.C.) and The Canon of Medicine by Avicenna (979-1037), an Arab physician. Despite its unsound origin, the expression is extremely common.

Their proposals … would be licked, by debate … into practicable shape. (The Spectator, December 12, 1891)

The French expression ours mal léché ‘an improperly licked bear’ is used colloquially to describe a boorish person. Whip into shape and beat into shape are variations of lick into shape which refer to a different definition of lick, i.e., ‘to strike or hit,’ yet they retain the connotation of the original expression.

take in tow To guide, lead, take charge of, or assume responsibility for. Originally said of pulling a vessel through water with a rope, this expression applies figuratively to one person leading another. This use of take in tow dates from the 18th century.

A young lama … took me in tow, and conducted me to all the tents. (James Gilmour, Among the Mongols, 1883)

Current usage frequently implies a need for discipline and control.

take under one’s wing To protect, care for, or watch over; to nourish or nurture; to rear, teach. This expression alludes to a mother hen’s protecting her chicks by taking them under her wing.

I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings … (Matthew 23:37)

They fled for their lives to find safety under Pompey’s wing in Capua. (James Froude, Caesar; A Sketch, 1879)

Although implying protection, take under one’s wing is most often applied in contexts where an experienced person takes it upon himself to show a neophyte “the ropes.”

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guidance - something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of actionguidance - something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
road map, guideline - a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action; "the president said he had a road map for normalizing relations with Vietnam"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
career counseling - counseling on career opportunities
cynosure - something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners); "let faith be your cynosure to walk by"
genetic counseling - guidance for prospective parents on the likelihood of genetic disorders in their future children
marriage counseling - counseling on marital problems and disagreements
confidential information, steer, tip, wind, hint, lead - an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
2.guidance - the act of guiding or showing the wayguidance - the act of guiding or showing the way
management, direction - the act of managing something; "he was given overall management of the program"; "is the direction of the economy a function of government?"
3.guidance - the act of setting and holding a course; "a new council was installed under the direction of the king"
driving - the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
aim - the action of directing something at an object; "he took aim and fired"
navigation, pilotage, piloting - the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
celestial guidance - a method of controlling the flight of a missile or spacecraft by reference to the positions of celestial bodies
inertial guidance, inertial navigation - a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to inertial forces
command guidance - a method of controlling the flight of a missile by commands originating from the ground or from another missile
terrestrial guidance - a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to the strength and direction of the earth's gravitational field
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noun advice, direction, leadership, instruction, government, help, control, management, teaching, counsel, counselling, auspices They improve their performance under the guidance of professional coaches.
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An act or instance of guiding:
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إرْشاد، تَوجيه


[ˈgaɪdəns] N
1. (= counselling) → consejo m; (= leadership) → dirección f
marriage/vocational guidanceorientación f matrimonial/profesional
under the guidance ofbajo la dirección de
I tell you this for your guidancete lo digo para que puedas orientarte
2. [of missile] → dirección f
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[ˈgaɪdəns] nconseils mpl
under the guidance of → conseillé(e) par, encadré(e) par, sous la conduite de
guidance on sth → conseils en matière de qch
guidance on doing sth → conseils sur la façon de faire qch vocational guidance, marriage guidanceguidance system n [missile, rocket] → système m de guidage
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n (= direction)Führung f, → Leitung f; (= counselling)Beratung f (→ on über +acc); (from superior, parents, teacher etc) → Anleitung f; spiritual guidancegeistiger Rat; for your guidancezu Ihrer Orientierung or Hilfe; to give somebody guidance on somethingjdn bei etw beraten; to pray for guidanceum Erleuchtung bitten


guidance system
n (on rocket) → Steuerungssystem nt
guidance teacher
n (Scot) → Verbindungslehrer(in) m(f)
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[ˈgaɪdns] n (counselling) → consigli mpl, guida; (leadership) → guida, direzione f
for your guidance → a titolo informativo
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(gaid) verb
1. to lead, direct or show the way. I don't know how to get to your house – I'll need someone to guide me; Your comments guided me in my final choice.
2. to control the movement of. The teacher guided the child's hand as she wrote.
1. a person who shows the way to go, points out interesting things etc. A guide will show you round the castle.
2. (also ˈguidebook) a book which contains information for tourists. a guide to Rome.
3. (usually with capital) a Girl Guide.
4. something which informs, directs or influences.
ˈguidance noun
advice towards doing something. a project prepared under the guidance of the professor.
ˈguideline noun
(usually in plural) an indication as to how something should be done.
guided missile
an explosive rocket which can be guided to its target by radio waves.
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n. guía, consejo, dirección.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


n orientación f, guía, consejo
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
They urged this advice with great earnestness; declaring that their chief would be extremely angry, and treat them severely, should any of the horses of his good friends, the white men, be lost, in crossing under their guidance; and that, therefore, it was good they should not attempt it.
SOCRATES: And in general, all that the soul attempts or endures, when under the guidance of wisdom, ends in happiness; but when she is under the guidance of folly, in the opposite?
Tired of these cheerless wastes, they left the banks of Snake River on the 7th of September, under guidance of Mr.
Under the guidance of her Christian pastors, she entertained herself, besides, with such humane achievements as sentencing a youth to have his hands cut off, his tongue torn out with pincers, and his body burned alive, because he had not kneeled down in the rain to do honour to a dirty procession of monks which passed within his view, at a distance of some fifty or sixty yards.
Moreover, the rain (which falls at stated intervals) coming always from the North, is an additional assistance; and in the towns we have the guidance of the houses, which of course have their side-walls running for the most part North and South, so that the roofs may keep off the rain from the North.
Numerous inventors of mechanism applicable to the guidance of balloons came to propose their systems, but he would accept none; and, when he was asked whether he had discovered something of his own for that purpose, he constantly refused to give any explanation, and merely busied himself more actively than ever with the preparations for his journey.

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