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

The 143rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show begins judging Monday morning, with Pyrenean shepherds, Pembroke Welsh corgis and pugs among the early arrivals. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "What to watch at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show," 10 Feb. 2019 Another tale of the shepherd bard The fall release schedule is slooooooowly filling out, and this week had a lot to do with it. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: More Witcher games, new Commandos, and Darksiders III gets a release date," 13 July 2018 Yet goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, who ran away from his nomad shepherd family at age 12 to become a footballer, saved the penalty. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Spain, Portugal Emerge From World Cup Group After Influential Use of VAR," 25 June 2018 The sticks end in a shepherd’s crook, after the fashion of those used in roller polo. John Kelly, Washington Post, "We may be champions now, but ice hockey got off to a rough start in Washington," 11 June 2018 If that happens, where’s the next generation of shepherds? Kieran Dodds, Smithsonian, "Britain’s Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?," 20 Apr. 2018 Don’t be deterred—get lost and ask a shepherd for help. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Today the shepherds of Chillca manage four lodges made of eucalyptus wood with a capacity for 16 tourists each. Fox News, "Tourists flocking to Peru's newfound 'Rainbow Mountain'," 2 May 2018 The shepherd was a still, dark silhouette against the vastness. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The island is ringed by a glowing circle that periodically shrinks, shepherding the players into an ever smaller arena. Robin Sloan, The Atlantic, "I Played Fortnite and Figured Out the Universe," 10 May 2018 My unrequited potential and growing resentment would be muzzled and shepherded into school events, charity work, Pilates, anorexia, and running, running, running. Reema Zaman, Vogue, "The Woman I Would Have Been Had I Let Myself Love You," 13 Feb. 2019 The Gladiator also is the first launch under new Fiat Chrysler chief Mike Manley, who shepherded the project as head of the Jeep and Ram truck divisions before being tapped to succeed Sergio Marchionne after the former CEO’s sudden death in July. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler Unveils Jeep-Branded Pickup Truck," 28 Nov. 2018 Last, we were shepherded to a midtown neighborhood, where Ford’s head of digital content sermonized on the in-car experience for AV passengers. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 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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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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