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: 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 Biden, as head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, helped shepherd through the 1994 crime bill that many criminal justice experts say contributed to harsh sentences and mass incarceration of Black people. Aamer Madhani, Chron, 26 Apr. 2022 Biden, as head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, helped shepherd through the 1994 crime bill that many criminal justice experts say contributed to harsh sentences and mass incarceration of Black people. Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2022 Texas has yet to legalize medical marijuana, but former Republican Gov. Rick Perry helped shepherd through a bill last year to use $1.4 million to fund a study of psilocybin for treating PTSD. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 Texas has yet to legalize medical marijuana, but former Republican Gov. Rick Perry helped shepherd through a bill last year to use $1.4 million to fund a study of psilocybin for treating PTSD. Lindsay Whitehurst, chicagotribune.com, 16 Apr. 2022 Texas has yet to legalize medical marijuana, but former Republican Gov. Rick Perry helped shepherd through a bill last year to use $1.4 million to fund a study of psilocybin for treating PTSD. Lindsay Whitehurst, Hartford Courant, 16 Apr. 2022 Potter’s shepherd, Tom Storey, scattered her ashes above Hill Top. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2022 The 4-year-old Saint Bernard/shepherd mix has a long history with the San Diego Humane Society. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 4 Apr. 2022 Animal: Doris, 11/2-year-old, 48-pound female shepherd mix. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the 2022 sequel, Maverick (Cruise) makes his return to the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School to shepherd a new group of airmen, including the son of his late best friend, Goose (Anthony Edwards), played by Teller. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 19 May 2022 The program will launch with six local participants who will have creative executives at Cartoon Network Studios and Neru Projects to shepherd their ideas from concept to pitch through the development of a series bible. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 Peter Gould continued to shepherd the season in a way that respects Kim's autonomy and her agency as well. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 14 Apr. 2022 Senior White House counsel Paige Herwig —assigned to shepherd the Biden pick—was deputy counsel at Demand Justice. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 Carlson will be joined by four survivors who testified on Capitol Hill in support of the bill, as well as the four lawmakers who helped shepherd the bill to passage in the House and Senate. Phil Mattingly And Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 3 Mar. 2022 Since Arcade opened for business four months ago, Frank said his company has helped shepherd $10 million in loans between a limited number of clients. Fortune, 8 Feb. 2022 And Born helped shepherd the measures through the months-long fiscal review. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Jan. 2022 And the students have McGee, who since 2000 has helped shepherd thousands to higher education. Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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shepherd

shepherd's bag

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23 May 2022

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“Shepherd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shepherd. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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