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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trump has a tough case to make as an environmental steward given his record, according to former environmental advocates and former federal regulators. Kevin Freking, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump raises eyebrows in promoting his environment record," 8 July 2019 Conservatives respect business and are prudent stewards of the economy, because prosperity underpins everything. The Economist, "The global crisis in conservatism," 4 July 2019 Sometimes the very people expected to be stewards—from police officers to scientists to hunters and outfitters—are implicated in these crimes. National Geographic, "In the Alaska-Yukon wilderness, wildlife crime fighters face a daunting task," 25 June 2019 Hocca also has friendly servers, Brazilian imports themselves, my waiter – a stellar steward and rep for his brand – reported. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Hocca, at the Florida Mall, is full of (hot, Brazilian) bologna | Review," 19 June 2019 For social platforms like Facebook and Twitter, this would mean accepting their roles as stewards of contemporary civic conversations. Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Quartz, "The language we use to describe data can also help us fix its problems," 18 June 2019 With the arrival of Dark Phoenix, Fox’s time as steward of the X-Men movies is officially over. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The secret connection between Wolverine and Captain America will be revealed in new Marvel comic," 14 June 2019 Jon and Jorah also have a special connection, as Jon was a steward to Jorah's father, Jeor Mormont, former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Game of Thrones Character Originally Wasn't Supposed to Die," 23 May 2019 But after a 22-minute review, stewards ruled Maximum Security caused interference for three other horses and disqualified him to 17th place. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Maximum Security will return Sunday for first race since Kentucky Derby disqualification," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Oswalt helped steward the book’s completion, with the help of a journalist, Billy Jensen, and a researcher, Paul Haynes. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "She stalked the Golden State Killer until she died. Some think her work led to the suspect’s arrest.," 26 Apr. 2018 The club steward reportedly locked the food in the pantry and refused to serve them. William Stadiem, Town & Country, "Can Harvard's Storied Final Clubs Resist the Tides of Change?," 2 Aug. 2016

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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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