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 Guests can choose corned beef and cabbage, fish cakes with colcannon or vegetarian shepherd’s pie for their entrée and Irish apple cake or a Guinness chocolate cupcake for dessert. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Common Threads Quilt Guild keeps on stitching throughout pandemic: Sun Postings," 9 Mar. 2021 Syphilis, for example, is drawn from a 1530 poem in which a shepherd, Syphilus, is cursed by the god Apollo. New York Times, "Why Virus Variants Have Such Weird Names," 2 Mar. 2021 Most of the dogs look like a cross between a shepherd and a Labrador and are small in stature compared with the hulking ones that are used often for fighting in the country. New York Times, "In Kabul’s Streets, Dogs Rule the Night," 21 Mar. 2021 Food specials include traditional shepherd’s pie and Irish ramen. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Feeling lucky? Here are St. Patrick’s Day events and deals in Central Florida," 15 Mar. 2021 Animal: Rubi, a 4-year-old, 44-pound, female shepherd/hound mix. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pet of the week is Rubi--a shepherd/hound mix," 12 Mar. 2021 The average cost of a shepherd's hook can range from $10 to $20. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best shepherd’s hook," 28 Feb. 2021 Luna was a 3-year-old female Dutch shepherd whose specialties included narcotics detection, searches and tracking, according to the Northland K-9 Foundation. Star Tribune, "Suspect dead after Duluth standoff ends with gunfire," 26 Feb. 2021 Thus began Cuoco’s wild ride as the shepherd of a project from start to finish for the first time. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "How Kaley Cuoco got ‘The Flight Attendant’ off the ground to play the heavy-drinking lead," 7 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some Republican lawmakers take issue with the plan's price tag and its broad definition of infrastructure while Democrats also remain divided over details of the proposal and the best way to shepherd it through both chambers. Chandelis Duster, CNN, "GOP senator says he is not ruling out 'some kind' of tax increase to pay for infrastructure," 13 Apr. 2021 Mayhew’s colleagues have heralded her for her big-picture vision for Solitude and for her ability to connect with her employees and shepherd them through three ownership changes in six years. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Kim Mayhew turned Solitude into a trendsetter among ski areas. She’s leaving with no regrets.," 9 Apr. 2021 The problem is with the interlocutors who shepherd these ideas into the mainstream. Judy Berman, Time, "TV Is Having a Talking-Head Crisis, From Sharon Osbourne to Dr. Oz to Meghan McCain," 8 Apr. 2021 The competing offers to shepherd the company out of chapter 11 cap months of financing and deal maneuvers that kept Hertz going. Becky Yerak, WSJ, "Investors Mount Competing Bids to Buy Hertz Out of Bankruptcy," 30 Mar. 2021 The chamber’s other blackouts-fix point person, Energy Resources Committee Chairman Craig Goldman of Fort Worth, will shepherd those measures to passage, Paddie suggested. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "First winter storm bills advancing in Texas House tackle weatherization, emergency communications," 30 Mar. 2021 But immigrants and the traffickers who shepherd them north don't pay much attention to Sunday news shows. Star Tribune, "Biden needs to be clearer on immigration goals," 26 Mar. 2021 Upcoming infrastructure and recovery bills are widely seen as the first and potentially last opportunity to shepherd big climate policy through this Congress. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Don’t Fall for the Carbon Tax Trap," 31 Mar. 2021 Bills to watch: Two of those bills were led by Sen. Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee who will be helping to shepherd a big infrastructure package through the Senate. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Early bids for measures to include in Biden infrastructure package," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Shepherd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shepherd. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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