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

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

Hang them from a shepherd’s hook, set them on a table, or nestle them among flowers in your garden. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019 In one pool, a shepherd’s hook and flotation device were not located in an easily accessible area, the report states. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "How many passengers got sick on cruises leaving Baltimore? The CDC has an answer for that and more.," 13 June 2019 Flickner brings in her Bernese mountain dog, and another employee brings her shepherd mix every day. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Top Workplaces Cincinnati: HealthWorks, Queen City Homecare and Our Lady lead small division," 5 June 2019 On August 3, a maintenance worker entered Tony and Jennifer Wang’s backyard unannounced, startling Moses, a 6-year-old lab and shepherd mix. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Illinois family 'destroyed' after dog mistakenly euthanized: 'How could this happen?'," 11 Aug. 2018 The porcelain shepherd reappears at the carnival with a new attitude. Christian Holub, EW.com, "All hail Forky: Critics rave about the trash-toy at the center of Toy Story 4," 13 June 2019 His father raised goats and sheep, and Hernández was brought up to be a shepherd. Russell Baker, The New York Review of Books, "Contents," 4 Apr. 2013 There’s the job description itself—either the shepherd of victory or the architect of defeat, with no space in between. SI.com, "Every Team's Most Memorable Closer," 6 June 2019 Artful was the shepherd’s pie ($12), with its striking spiral of smooth rosemary mash concealing moist-but-mercifully-un-soupy meat and veg beneath. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Slainté! Sanfording at The Sullivan is trad and true ... and pretty tasty," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Trump, who has long been loath to scold authoritarian leaders for human rights abuses, seemed to go out of his way at times to shepherd Prince Mohammed. Washington Post, "Saudi crown prince feted at G20 despite criticism elsewhere," 28 June 2019 As law enforcement began to set up a perimeter around the crime scene, Fox and other witnesses were shepherded to the FBI command post a block from El Centro College. Author: Sharon Grigsby, Anchorage Daily News, "Dallas photographer on encounter with masked gunman: ‘If he walks past me and sees me, he’s going to shoot me’," 18 June 2019 As law enforcement began to set up a perimeter around the crime scene, Fox and other witnesses were shepherded to the FBI command post a block from El Centro College. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Photographer Tom Fox on encounter with Dallas gunman: 'He's going to look at me around that corner' and shoot," 17 June 2019 Wilkie has experience shepherding two defense secretaries through Senate confirmation. Time, "Trump Nominates New Veteran Affairs Secretary in Surprise Announcement," 18 May 2018 Cohen was shepherding drug pricing policy ideas between Novartis and an unknown third party. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Michael Cohen’s mysterious communiques with a big pharma company, explained," 13 July 2018 Knight played a key role in developing Trump’s tax plan and shepherding it through Congress last year. Fortune, "Trump Picks Shahira Knight as New Legislative Director," 12 July 2018 In the past, McConnell has helped create new federal and state legal permissions for hemp, as well as helped shepherd hemp into the 2014 farm bill. Daniella Diaz, CNN, "Mitch McConnell to introduce bill that would remove hemp from controlled substance list," 26 Mar. 2018 Michael Parets and Andrew Schneider are shepherding the project for Free Association. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "LeBron James to Team With Channing Tatum's Free Association on New Line Comedy 'Public Enemy'," 23 May 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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The first known use of shepherd was before the 12th century

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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 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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