Definitions for Guidelineˈgaɪdˌlaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any guide or indication of a future course of action:

    guidelines on tax reform.

  2. a lightly marked line used as a guide, as in composing a drawing.

  3. a rope or cord that serves to guide one's steps, as over rocky or unfamiliar terrain.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. guideline(noun)

    a light line that is used in lettering to help align the letters

  2. road map, guideline(noun)

    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"

  3. guidepost, guideline, rule of thumb(noun)

    a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. guideline(noun)ˈgaɪdˌlaɪn

    an official rule or instruction for how to do sth

    dietary guidelines; guidelines for the care and use of animals


  1. guideline(Noun)

    A non-specific rule or principle that provides direction to action or behaviour.

    He considered the Ten Commandments more a guideline than a requirement.

  2. guideline(Noun)

    A plan or explanation to guide one in setting standards or determining a course of action.

  3. guideline(Noun)

    A light line, used in lettering, to help align the text.

  4. Origin: From guide + line


  1. Guideline

    A guideline is a statement by which to determine a course of action. A guideline aims to streamline particular processes according to a set routine or sound practice. By definition, following a guideline is never mandatory. Guidelines are not binding and are not enforced. Guidelines may be issued by and used by any organization to make the actions of its employees or divisions more predictable, and presumably of higher quality. Examples or guidelines are: ⁕EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles ⁕Federal Sentencing Guidelines ⁕Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office ⁕Medical guidelines ⁕Human interface guidelines ⁕Programming style guidelines ⁕UNGEGN Toponymic Guidelines

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Guideline

    Work consisting of a set of statements, directions, or principles presenting current or future rules or policy. Guidelines may be developed by government agencies at any level, institutions, organizations such as professional societies or governing boards, or by the convening of expert panels. The text may be cursive or in outline form, but it is generally a comprehensive guide to problems and approaches in any discipline or activity. This concept relates to the general conduct and administration of health care activities rather than to specific decisions for a particular clinical condition. For that aspect, PRACTICE GUIDELINE is available.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Guideline' in Nouns Frequency: #1534

Translations for Guideline

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(usually in plural) an indication as to how something should be done.

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