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

Dinner was a chic Italianate affair: a symphony of glistening Richard Ginori porcelain and colorful Venetian glass goblets, with a menu of crab and langoustine cocktail followed by individual (and very cosy) shepherd’s pie and petit fours. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 The shepherd later confessed to the murder and led police to the boy’s body, Agenda. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Father, toddler son shot dead in Georgia; mother falls into ravine while fleeing attacker, officials say," 9 July 2018 Sure enough, peak precious came just before or around weaning — at 7.7 weeks for the Jack Russells, 8.3 weeks for the white shepherds and 6.3 weeks for the Cane Corsos. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, "Puppies’ cuteness peaks right when they need humans most, study finds," 19 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The latter bill, shepherded by state Sen. Kevin de Leon, passed the legislature. David Roberts, Vox, "California Gov. Jerry Brown casually drops history’s most ambitious climate target," 11 Sep. 2018 The lawsuit, which was shepherded by Columbia Legal Services, focused on juveniles who King County prosecutors had charged as adults for violent crimes. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "King County reaches deal to ban placing jailed juveniles in solitary confinement," 20 Aug. 2018 The re-release was shepherded by filmmaker and 70mm enthusiast Christopher Nolan (of Memento, Interstellar, the Dark Knight trilogy). Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "2001 in 70mm: Pod bay doors look better than ever, still won’t open," 21 July 2018 The partnership was shepherded by the CFDA, who have been connecting the wearable tech company to young, up-and-coming designers who can inject a bit more fashion into the sports- and wellness junkie-beloved gadget. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Fitbit Gets a Redesign Thanks to the Knitwear Experts Behind PH5," 19 July 2018 Greitens had pushed back against the allegations against him, claiming a political conspiracy shepherded by Democrats, low-income housing developers and others. Steve Vockrodt, Bryan Lowry And Allison Kite, kansascity, "Baker declines to charge Greitens despite 'probable cause' for sexual assault," 8 June 2018 The Yankees counted on other relievers to shepherd a game to him, and those relievers often did. Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "Gabe Kapler isn't God, and the Phillies bullpen has few good options | Mike Sielski," 26 June 2018 Coming to their aid is a ban on alcohol on the free trains shepherding fans across Russia’s vast landscape from one city to another during the tournament. Washington Post, "Can Russia, with its history of racist attacks and hooligans, put on a World Cup welcome?," 12 June 2018 But both are playing a long game — shaping cities, shepherding new treatments to market — that needs to be played with a sense of urgency. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, "The secret to Boston’s innovation economy," 2 June 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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