shepherd

noun
shep·​herd | \ ˈshe-pərd How to pronounce shepherd (audio) \

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

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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 Don grew up with a collie/German shepherd mix named Dusty, but Christine’s childhood pets were rabbits. Leslie Barker, Dallas News, "Life is Dolce: Lessons from a Frisco family’s beloved greyhound," 7 July 2020 The idea was to go from farm to farm as freelance shearers, charging eightpence a sheep, which was better money than being a shepherd. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "How Prosperity Transformed the Falklands," 29 June 2020 The driver, craning his head out the window in an effort to get a better look at the situation, started cursing in Arabic: Up ahead, a shepherd and his flock were walking across the bottom of the ramp, tying up traffic. Brian Freedman, Travel + Leisure, "Going Home: A Chef’s Journey to the Culinary Soul of Egypt," 29 June 2020 Conversation soon turned to David, the bandit leader, the Biblical shepherd turned king. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 Turns out, Microsoft has largely been a solid shepherd for the blocky series. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Minecraft Dungeons review: A smashing good Diablo clone for any age," 26 May 2020 Attach the eight foot hose to your shower or garden hose and efficiently soap and rinse without worrying about accidentally releasing your sudsy shepherd. Popular Science, "Ingenious tools to help you clean your dog," 18 Mar. 2020 After Linda, the shepherd mix, was picked up by Miami-Dade County Animal Services, she was bathed and placed in quarantine for two weeks. Kara Scannell, CNN, "This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus," 12 May 2020 The Irish eatery offers take-and-bake shepherd’s pie for six ($60) with a choice of green salad or jalapeño avocado soup. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "D-FW restaurants offering takeout, dine-in meals for Mother’s Day," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb About a decade ago, veteran photojournalist Pat McDonogh passed the torch to me to shepherd these cameras. The Courier-Journal, "See you all in September, says photographer who shot an empty, eerie Churchill Downs today," 2 May 2020 The new power will have to be carefully shepherded. Colum Mccann, Time, "Til’ Human Voices Wake Us: What If This Virus Can Teach Us to Change Ourselves?," 1 May 2020 Azar tapped Reilly to shepherd his confirmation, and Reilly turned to Harrison. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "No, Trump did not put a Labradoodle breeder in charge of COVID-19 response," 24 Apr. 2020 Players attempt to shepherd their alien race through the dangers of politics and warfare to claim the galactic throne. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "What to play during coronavirus isolation: Cleveland board game experts offer recommendations," 3 Apr. 2020 The worldwide spread of coronavirus may feel a little too familiar for players of Plague Inc., the eight-year-old game that asks you to shepherd a deadly disease seeking to kill all of humanity. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Plague Inc. rolling out new mode where you fight to contain the outbreak," 25 Mar. 2020 Since then, Tedros has gone out of his way to go through the movements of a caring leader, ready to shepherd countries out of whatever crisis was in front of them. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "China's relationship with WHO chief in wake of coronavirus outbreak under the microscope," 20 Mar. 2020 IndyStar Vice President Mike Pence says his experience handling a 2014 public health crisis as Indiana governor gives him the necessary credentials to shepherd the U.S. government's response to the novel coronavirus crisis. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "What Pence's Indiana past might tell us about his future handling of coronavirus," 27 Feb. 2020 But accessing those programs, or getting prior authorization from insurers, is so complicated that some clinics now employ PrEP navigators to shepherd patients through the process. Douglas Krakower, STAT, "Will the newest pill for HIV prevention fuel progress — or profits?," 26 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of shepherd was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

21 Jul 2020

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“Shepherd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shepherd. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for shepherd

shepherd

noun
How to pronounce shepherd (audio)

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 How to pronounce shepherd (audio) \

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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