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

He was heralded as a visionary who saw theatrical potential in the most unlikely subject matter and who helped shepherd to the forefront many unknown talents, many of them composers. Nelson Pressley | The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Harold Prince, Broadway impresario behind hits such as ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Cabaret,’ dies at 91," 31 July 2019 He was heralded as a visionary who saw theatrical potential in the most unlikely subject matter and who helped shepherd to the forefront unknown talents, many of them composers. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "Harold Prince, consummate Broadway impresario, dies at 91," 31 July 2019 Streetwise and capable of wielding her shepherd’s staff like a kendo master, Bo still takes Woody’s breath away, but what hope is there for two toys adrift on the seas of fate? Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Toy Story 4’ grows up but still keeps the joy of toys," 20 June 2019 Huseynov stared at his big, work-swollen shepherd’s hands splayed palm down on the worn tablecloth. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019 Among the rustics, Akaina Ghosh is sweetly doting as Silvius, a simple shepherd lovesick for Phebe, who has no interest in Silvius but becomes smitten with Ganymede. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Charming SF Shakes’ ‘As You Like It’ has a secret musical weapon," 10 July 2019 Ramsay will find and harvest ingredients himself to come up with his own version of local dishes, like venison shepherd’s pie in Hawaii, sweet-and-sour catfish soup in Laos, and braised goat leg in New Zealand. Shay Spence, PEOPLE.com, "Get a Sneak Peek of Gordon Ramsay's New Around-the-World Cooking Show and Magazine," 1 July 2019 Traditionally, landowners and shepherds have been responsible for maintaining the dyke’s integrity, but the North Ronaldsay population is aging, and the community is in need of help. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Remote Scottish Island Needs Help Protecting Its Seaweed-Eating Sheep," 27 June 2019 Streetwise and capable of wielding her shepherd’s staff like a kendo master, Bo still takes Woody’s breath away, but what hope is there for two toys adrift on the seas of fate? Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Toy Story 4’ grows up but still keeps the joy of toys," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Perhaps Wheelock’s most high-profile assignment was as Ventura’s chief fiscal negotiator who shepherded budget packages through four legislative sessions between 1999 and 2002. Bill Salisbury, Twin Cities, "Who is Pam Wheelock? Gov. Walz lands proven leader to temporarily lead DHS," 15 July 2019 This time, the amusing companions who shepherd the crown prince of the lions, Simba (Donald Glover), play a role not unlike Falstaff plays for Prince Hal, and Simba must learn to pull away from them. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Conservative Pride of The Lion King," 11 July 2019 Veteran music executive and talent manager Elliot Roberts, who shepherded the careers of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and numerous others for more than half a century, died Friday, a longtime associate confirmed to The Times. Randy Lewis, latimes.com, "Elliot Roberts, who managed Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, dies at 76," 21 June 2019 The sweepstakes devices were essentially legalized in 2013, when some of the same lawmakers who shepherded the state’s latest bet on gambling expansion pushed legislation through the General Assembly to decriminalize them. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Is Poised to Become the Gambling Capital of the Midwest," 10 June 2019 Houston rifled through role players all season in search for some who could fill minutes, and still Paul was able—often with the aid of Gordon, Capela, and P.J. Tucker—to shepherd those lineups to winning margins. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Why the Pairing of Russell Westbrook and James Harden Won’t Be a Simple Fit," 12 July 2019 This allows you to get stuff done in a timely manner by shepherding people, issues, and tasks to completion...completion being the key word. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "How to Climb the Corporate Ladder—No Matter Your Company," 1 July 2019 It was set up as a nonprofit entity that would act as the clearinghouse for vacant and abandoned properties, shepherding the properties through the foreclosure process and then putting them back to some kind of productive use. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland.com, "After 10 years and 8,000 demolitions, Cuyahoga Land Bank shifts focus to rehabs," 23 June 2019 Machado threw his bat to the backstop before being shepherded to the dugout by bench coach Rod Barajas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Machado, Green ejected; Padres lose to Rockies," 16 June 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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