shepherd

noun
shep·herd | \ˈshe-pərd \

Definition of shepherd 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who tends sheep

2 : pastor

shepherd

verb
shepherded; shepherding; shepherds

Definition of shepherd (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to tend as a shepherd

2 : to guide or guard in the manner of a shepherd shepherded the bill through Congress

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Synonyms for shepherd

Synonyms: Verb

coach, counsel, guide, lead, mentor, pilot, show, tutor

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Examples of shepherd in a Sentence

Verb

She carefully shepherded the children across the street. They shepherded the bill through Congress.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But there’s no manger, shepherds, wise men or angels; just a chain-link fence surrounding the couple and the newborn. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "A church put Jesus, Mary and Joseph in ‘ICE detention’ to protest Trump’s immigration policies," 3 July 2018 Certain breeds are considered heavy shedders, including dogs with arctic breed-type fur (like huskies), retriever coats and shepherd-y pelts, but any kind of dog will shed. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Shedding is a normal for dogs; most times no need to be concerned," 8 June 2018 The pair -- along with Markle's other rescue dog, a shepherd mix named Bogart -- were pictured cozying up on Markle's couch and gazing lovingly at each other outside on a summer day. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "The newest royal dog isn't a corgi; he's a rescue beagle from the U.S.," 23 May 2018 Along the way are rowdy choir boys, a nosy Sacristan, a wistful shepherd boy, and a gallery of malevolent henchmen. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Love 'Tosca'? Philadelphia Orchestra's staging doesn't disappoint," 13 May 2018 For much of the past decade, a group of shepherds had been quietly taking small groups of tourists to the mountain as part of a five-day hike around the fast-melting Ausangate glacier. Fox News, "Tourists flocking to Peru's newfound 'Rainbow Mountain'," 2 May 2018 Residents here still speak Sardo, the closest living form of Latin; veiled grandmothers and bands of nomadic shepherds gaze warily at outsiders; and residents fiercely proclaim that Sardinia isn’t Italy. Eliot Stein, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Pagan Exorcism in Sardinia," 29 Mar. 2018 There’s also good pub fare like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. Laurie Wilson, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a list of some restaurants and bars where you can play darts in New England," 12 June 2018 Ryan and Caleb were allegedly shot by the shepherd, a man, while Lora ran for her life, then fell into a ravine and died, according to national authorities. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Family Allegedly Murdered While Living Abroad Wanted to Build a Playground for Local Kids," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Advanced nuclear plant designs are not happening The agency responsible for shepherding advanced nuclear designs to commercial viability is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE). David Roberts, Vox, "The US is rapidly losing nuclear power. That’s profoundly concerning for climate change.," 11 July 2018 There’s a cult kinship to the property now, with Don Mancini, who has written all of the Child’s Play movies and took over directing duties starting with Seed of Chucky (2004), shepherding the franchise and turning it into a family affair. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "What Could Be Lost with a 'Child's Play' Remake," 5 July 2018 One of the Eagles’ greatest assets last season was a triumvirate of former college and pro QBs shepherding the offense, in head coach Doug Pederson, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and QBs coach John DeFilippo. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "NFC East Offseason Report Cards: Eagles Boost Receiver Corps While Cowboys, Redskins Still Need Pass-Catching Help," 19 June 2018 Coaxing the nation back to health depends on Mr. Mahathir, whose first tenure as prime minister was marked as much by his authoritarian impulses as his success in shepherding Malaysia’s transformation into a upper-middle-income country. New York Times, "Mahathir Mohamad, Leading Malaysia Again at 92, Is on a Mission," 14 June 2018 But if the country’s experience in the late 20th century is any indication, federal job-training programs are an all but futile mechanism for shepherding Americans into their local workforces. Lolade Fadulu, The Atlantic, "Filling America's 6 Million Job Vacancies," 5 Jan. 2018 So that was your role in shepherding the story from NBC to the New Yorker. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Jessica Pressler talks ‘lady grifters’ + Ken Auletta on the ‘frenemies’ of the ad business on Recode Media," 24 June 2018 History also shows that any successful response to automation's impact will have to recognize that training can never be enough to shepherd Americans into a new economy. Lolade Fadulu, The Atlantic, "Why Is the U.S. So Bad at Worker Retraining?," 4 Jan. 2018 For nine seasons, Sher shepherded the coming of age of Sue Heck, an entirely original character whose abilities never matched her enthusiasm, but whose enthusiasm was matchless. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Critic's picks for Emmy nominations: Love for Kristen Bell, ‘Twin Peaks’ and … ‘Detectorists’," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of shepherd

Noun

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

Verb

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shepherd

Noun

Middle English sheepherde, from Old English scēaphyrde, from scēap sheep + hierde herdsman; akin to Old English heord herd

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More Definitions for shepherd

shepherd

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shepherd

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person whose job is to take care of sheep

shepherd

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shepherd (Entry 2 of 2)

: to guide (someone or something)

shepherd

noun
shep·herd | \ˈshe-pərd \

Kids Definition of shepherd

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who takes care of and guards a flock of sheep

shepherd

verb
shepherded; shepherding

Kids Definition of shepherd (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to take care of and guard a flock of sheep

2 : to gather, lead, or move in the manner of a shepherd She shepherded the children across the playground.

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