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

In addition to the human hires, the department also greeted a new K-9 officer named Mike, a 3-year-old Dutch shepherd, to its ranks. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale police add more to their ranks with promotion and swearing-in ceremony," 13 Sep. 2019 Not far away, Longmire stumbles upon the apparent suicide of Miguel Hernandez, a Chilean shepherd, immigrant and purported political dissident who advocated for the decent treatment of nomadic tradesmen like himself. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, "4 new crime books to intrigue you," 30 Aug. 2019 The dogs were Minnie, a six-month-old Chihuahua; Kiara, a three-month-old shepherd; and Gruff, a six-month-old terrier mix, OCSO said. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Woman arrested after puppies left in hot car in Orange die: report," 3 July 2019 All three breeds were among the teams at the Madison training session, along with Dutch shepherds, German shorthairs and Vizslas. Nina Bertelsen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Canine teams from the Midwest are training in Wisconsin this week. Here are 9 things to know about explosive-sniffing K-9s," 24 Oct. 2018 These ancient Hebrew texts—roughly 900 full and partial scrolls in all, stored in clay jars—were first discovered scattered in various caves near what was once the settlement of Qumran, just north of the Dead Sea, by Bedouin shepherds in 1946-1947. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to miraculous preservation of a Dead Sea Scroll could be salt coating," 11 Sep. 2019 Other standouts are power soprano Shafali Jalota as the fierce Juno; mezzo-soprano Kira Dills-DeSurra as Diana, who is both a nuanced singer and talented comedic stage actress; and countertenor Michael Skarke as the shepherd/poet Endymion. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Voices sublime in Opera NEO’s modern world of ‘La Calisto’," 10 Aug. 2019 In Oldenburg, residents talk about ancestors who had been shepherds in Germany, who arrived at Ellis Island, who initially moved to other parts of Indiana but then fled a cholera outbreak, all to settle here. New York Times, "Where Celebrating Immigration Means Lederhosen and Sauerkraut Balls," 1 Aug. 2019 Chains also look great hanging from tree limbs or shepherd’s hooks. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And yet the 2018 film, which starred John Cho, is getting a sequel, with the original creative team on board to shepherd the project, EW has learned. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Searching sequel in the works as 'tech-driven thriller' with new characters," 14 Aug. 2019 Michael Norsworthy, who had taught at the conservatory since 2006 and is credited with shepherding a contemporary music program into the classical curriculum, was let go in mid-June. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Conservatory fires instructor after complaints about explicit texts," 24 Aug. 2019 After shepherding four families through the pipeline and hosting a press event with the mayor in late April, the city finished May without helping any more homeowners. Mike Morris, chicagotribune.com, "Recovery continues in Houston area 2 years after Harvey hit," 22 Aug. 2019 In January 2017, Donnelly rejoined the department after successfully shepherding Mattis through the Senate confirmation process. James Bandler, ProPublica, "How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon," 22 Aug. 2019 Feige also has been tasked with shepherding a significant lineup of original Marvel Studios shows for the company’s all-important streaming service Disney+, which is expected to launch Nov. 12 in a high-stakes gamble to take on Netflix. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Spider-Man is leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Sony and Disney talks fall apart," 20 Aug. 2019 Lawmakers said Osten should be applauded for shepherding a bipartisan bill at a time when such legislation has become a novelty as Republicans and Democrats have clashed sharply on issues like the state budget and tolls. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Gov. Ned Lamont excluded from drafting of gambling legislation that could bring Connecticut $200M in new revenue," 4 Aug. 2019 Imagine if the Raiders succeed this year and Jon Gruden flourishes not only in his leading role on Hard Knocks but in shepherding a winner to Las Vegas. Conor Orr, SI.com, "After Kingsbury: What to Look for in the Next Wave of NFL Coaching Hires," 10 July 2019 In the early portions of the debate, multiple candidates spoke highly of Obama and his role in shepherding through an expansive health-care plan. Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats clash over health care in debate that started with calls of unity," 13 Sep. 2019

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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 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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