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shepherd

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noun shep·herd \ˈshe-pərd\

Definition of shepherd

  1. 1 :  a person who tends sheep

  2. 2 :  pastor

  3. 3 :  german shepherd

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Origin and Etymology of shepherd

Middle English sheepherde, from Old English scēaphyrde, from scēap sheep + hierde herdsman; akin to Old English heord herd

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shepherd

verb shep·herd

Definition of shepherd

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to tend as a shepherd

  3. 2 :  to guide or guard in the manner of a shepherd shepherded the bill through Congress

Examples of shepherd in a Sentence

  1. She carefully shepherded the children across the street.

  2. They shepherded the bill through Congress.

First Known Use of shepherd

1790

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SHEPHERD Defined for English Language Learners

shepherd

play
noun

Definition of shepherd for English Language Learners

  • : a person whose job is to take care of sheep

shepherd

verb

Definition of shepherd for English Language Learners

  • : to guide (someone or something)


SHEPHERD Defined for Kids

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shepherd

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noun shep·herd \ˈshe-pərd\

Definition of shepherd for Students

  1. :  a person who takes care of and guards a flock of sheep


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shepherd

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verb shep·herd

Definition of shepherd for Students

shepherded

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shepherding

  1. 1 :  to take care of and guard a flock of sheep

  2. 2 :  to gather, lead, or move in the manner of a shepherd She shepherded the children across the playground.



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