steward

noun
stew·​ard | \ ˈstü-ərd How to pronounce steward (audio) , ˈstyü-; ˈst(y)u̇rd\

Definition of steward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one employed in a large household or estate to manage domestic concerns (such as the supervision of servants, collection of rents, and keeping of accounts)
3 : a fiscal agent
4a : an employee on a ship, airplane, bus, or train who manages the provisioning of food and attends passengers
b : one appointed to supervise the provision and distribution of food and drink in an institution
5 : one who actively directs affairs : manager

steward

verb
stewarded; stewarding; stewards

Definition of steward (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to act as a steward for : manage

intransitive verb

: to perform the duties of a steward

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Examples of steward in a Sentence

Noun

the steward of their investments teaching our children to be good stewards of the land the steward of the estate The race stewards are reviewing the results.

Verb

will steward the city's library programs
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Many Native Hawaiians consider these lands part of the inventory of resources illegally taken from them by the United States and view the state as only temporary stewards of these crown lands. Trisha Kehaulani Watson-sproat, Vox, "Why Native Hawaiians are fighting to protect Maunakea from a telescope," 24 July 2019 Hotels touting their eco-friendly water practices remind customers to pay attention to their consumption habits, while outdoor companies teach consumers to be good stewards of the land, Gitlin said. Tim Royan, azcentral, "With $1B in tourism tax revenue at stake, Arizona tries to balance commerce, preservation," 24 July 2019 As a good steward, your outlook for placing the family’s treasures is noteworthy! Brenda Yenke, cleveland.com, "Back to Our Roots antique show returns to Medina: Yenke Peddler antiques," 27 June 2019 And the largest benefit, though much harder to quantify, is that the acequias create communities that serve as stewards of the environment. Robert Neuwirth, National Geographic, "Centuries-old irrigation system shows how to manage scarce water," 17 May 2019 The Smithsonian is expected to be the public steward of what is considered one of the most significant collections of photographs cataloguing African American life. NBC News, "Ebony and Jet magazines' photo archive will go to Smithsonian," 26 July 2019 The Smithsonian is expected to be the public steward of what is considered one of the most significant collections of photographs cataloguing African American life. Washington Post, "Ebony and Jet photo archive sale sparks relief, anxiety," 26 July 2019 The Smithsonian is expected to be the public steward of what is considered one of the most significant collections of photographs cataloging African American life. Russell Contreras, chicagotribune.com, "Sale of Ebony photo archives is bittersweet: Many relieved images will be preserved, but ‘it’s sad because we lost control forever’," 26 July 2019 Congratulations are in order for the stewards of Mississippi's longest rail-trail. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Mississippi’s Longest Rail-Trail Earns Prestigious Accolade," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

My limited understanding mirrored media depictions that show empty lands or pristine wildlife, a narrative that emphasizes a vast, untouched wilderness without the people who’ve long stewarded the lands. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "I Traveled to the Arctic to Witness Climate Disaster Firsthand," 17 July 2019 The entity will be tasked with helping to manage the transformation and stewarding the school’s 53-acre campus to ensure that its new residents hold to this vision after the college is dissolved. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The College That Became a Prison," 12 July 2019 Countless advocates have stewarded the project, including Cleveland urban development leader Tom Yablonsky and Tim Donovan, longtime director of Canalway Partners. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Burning River legacy: Towpath Trail spurs rediscovery of Cuyahoga Valley, erasing east-west divide," 9 June 2019 Here’s betting that Viard will steward Chanel for at least the next few seasons. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld's Secret Weapon, Succeeds Him at Chanel," 19 Feb. 2019 Although seemingly separate endeavors, everything de Broglie champions—the tomato conservancy, micro-farm, Deyrolle, and his activism—all serve as vehicles to steward the beauty of the world for the next generation. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "How a French Prince Is Saving the World From Tasteless Tomatoes," 17 Sep. 2018 Nelson Chai, most recently the CEO of insurance firm The Warranty Group, will be tasked with stewarding the company’s initial public offering Uber executives have slated for late 2019. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber has finally hired a CFO — who has his work cut out for him," 21 Aug. 2018 The event benefits the Great Land Trust, an organization whose mission is to conserve and steward local lands and waterways. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrating summer solstice: Here are parties and events around Alaska," 21 June 2018 Because of nuclear test bans, the only legit way to stop worrying and learn to steward the bomb supply is to simulate—on a supercomputer—what’s going on inside. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Cosmic Ray Showers Crash Supercomputers. Here's What to Do About It," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of steward

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1621, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for steward

Noun

Middle English, from Old English stīweard, from stī, stig hall, sty + weard ward — more at sty, ward

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steward

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steward

: a person and especially a man whose job is to serve meals and take care of passengers on a train, airplane, or ship
: someone who protects or is responsible for money, property, etc.
: a person whose job is to manage the land and property of another person

steward

noun
stew·​ard | \ ˈstü-ərd How to pronounce steward (audio) , ˈstyü-\

Kids Definition of steward

1 : a manager of a very large home, an estate, or an organization
2 : a person employed to manage the supply and distribution of food and look after the needs of passengers (as on an airplane or ship)

steward

noun
stew·​ard

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