guidepost vs signpost what difference

what is difference between guidepost and signpost



guide +‎ post


  • Rhymes: -əʊst


guidepost (plural guideposts)

  1. A signpost.
  2. (by extension) Anything that provides guidance; a guideline.



Alternative forms

  • sign-post


sign +‎ post


signpost (plural signposts)

  1. a post bearing a sign that gives information on directions
  2. (cryptic crosswords) A word or phrase within a clue that serves as an indicator, rather than being fodder.



signpost (third-person singular simple present signposts, present participle signposting, simple past and past participle signposted)

  1. (transitive) To install signposts on.
    The route wasn’t signposted, and we got lost on the way.
  2. (transitive) To direct (somebody) to services, resources, etc.
    • 2008, Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Work and Pensions Committee, Valuing and Supporting Carers (volume 1, page 31)
      We believe that some Carers’ Centres already offer an effective ‘first stop shop’ for signposting carers to local organisations, services and benefits, and for providing ongoing support as carers’ circumstances change.
  3. To indicate logical progress of a discourse using words or phrases such as now, right, to recap, to sum up, as I was saying, etc.
    • Bede, never one to shrink from a challenge, focused his energies not only onto calculating Easter but also onto describing why the maths mattered as much as the result. In this, his elevated rhetoric is balanced by a very human enthusiasm — it’s hard not to love a writer who signposts his core hypotheses with phrases such as ‘now to gut the bowels of this question!’
  4. To signal, as if with a signpost


See also

  • fingerpost
  • guidepost
  • waymark


  • postings, stop sign, stopings, stopsign

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