steward

noun
stew·​ard | \ ˈstü-ərd , ˈstyü-; ˈst(y)u̇rd\

Definition of steward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one employed in a large household or estate to manage domestic concerns (such as the supervision of servants, collection of rents, and keeping of accounts)
3 : a fiscal agent
4a : an employee on a ship, airplane, bus, or train who manages the provisioning of food and attends passengers
b : one appointed to supervise the provision and distribution of food and drink in an institution
5 : one who actively directs affairs : manager

steward

verb
stewarded; stewarding; stewards

Definition of steward (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to act as a steward for : manage

intransitive verb

: to perform the duties of a steward

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Examples of steward in a Sentence

Noun

the steward of their investments teaching our children to be good stewards of the land the steward of the estate The race stewards are reviewing the results.

Verb

will steward the city's library programs
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The next steward of the building is the right one for its future. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Michigan Central Depot is a towering symbol of Detroit’s blight. Ford just bought it.," 11 June 2018 Some of the deacons are women and the head of the steward board is a woman. Corey Williams, Fox News, "For black women at church, it's more than the Aretha eulogy," 9 Sep. 2018 There will be a garden stewards workshop on Tuesday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Youth Garden located in Crandall Park, 120 Cider Mill Road. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 5 June 2018 One of the bills would require local governments to grant time off to union shop stewards. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "California unions want to keep anti-labor activists from meeting new teachers and cops," 4 June 2018 Efrain Gonzalez was one of two young men convicted in the November 2016 fatal shooting of Louis Scherzer, a union steward at the Board of Public Utilities. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Second man sentenced for murder of KCK union steward Louis Scherzer | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 The BJP’s opposition was quick to chime in, saying the new numbers disproved the Modi administration’s claim to be better stewards of the economy. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Slower GDP Growth Challenges Modi Ahead of Indian Elections," 29 Aug. 2018 Sellers want to be good stewards of their homes and neighborhoods. Marni Jameson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "10 tips for first-time homebuyers," 19 Apr. 2018 Seeing the peril that our planet is in sharply and starkly by getting a glimpse of the future would spark us into action to be better stewards. David Freeman /, NBC News, "10 top science minds tell what strange new body part they'd like to have," 28 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Although seemingly separate endeavors, everything de Broglie champions—the tomato conservancy, micro-farm, Deyrolle, and his activism—all serve as vehicles to steward the beauty of the world for the next generation. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "How a French Prince Is Saving the World From Tasteless Tomatoes," 17 Sep. 2018 Nelson Chai, most recently the CEO of insurance firm The Warranty Group, will be tasked with stewarding the company’s initial public offering Uber executives have slated for late 2019. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber has finally hired a CFO — who has his work cut out for him," 21 Aug. 2018 The event benefits the Great Land Trust, an organization whose mission is to conserve and steward local lands and waterways. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrating summer solstice: Here are parties and events around Alaska," 21 June 2018 Because of nuclear test bans, the only legit way to stop worrying and learn to steward the bomb supply is to simulate—on a supercomputer—what’s going on inside. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Cosmic Ray Showers Crash Supercomputers. Here's What to Do About It," 4 June 2018 Oswalt helped steward the book’s completion, with the help of a journalist, Billy Jensen, and a researcher, Paul Haynes. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "She stalked the Golden State Killer until she died. Some think her work led to the suspect’s arrest.," 26 Apr. 2018 The club steward reportedly locked the food in the pantry and refused to serve them. William Stadiem, Town & Country, "Can Harvard's Storied Final Clubs Resist the Tides of Change?," 2 Aug. 2016 Duffy notes that social media specialists’ roles are not simply to steward a brand’s presence on social media, but to act as a personal round-the-clock ambassador for the brand. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "How Social Media Became a Pink Collar Job," 26 May 2018 Grizzlies have been stewarded successfully in Greater Yellowstone without hunting for four decades. National Geographic, "Yellowstone-Area Grizzly Bears to Be Hunted for First Time in Decades," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of steward

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1621, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for steward

Noun

Middle English, from Old English stīweard, from stī, stig hall, sty + weard ward — more at sty, ward

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steward

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steward

: a person and especially a man whose job is to serve meals and take care of passengers on a train, airplane, or ship
: someone who protects or is responsible for money, property, etc.
: a person whose job is to manage the land and property of another person

steward

noun
stew·​ard | \ ˈstü-ərd , ˈstyü-\

Kids Definition of steward

1 : a manager of a very large home, an estate, or an organization
2 : a person employed to manage the supply and distribution of food and look after the needs of passengers (as on an airplane or ship)

steward

noun
stew·​ard

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