Definition of stewardship
1 : the office, duties, and obligations of a steward
2 : the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care stewardship of natural resources
Examples of stewardship in a sentence
generally the dean left the day-to-day stewardship of the college to the assistant dean
she believes that stewardship of the environment is everyone's responsibility
Recent Examples of stewardship from the web
Tanguay is looking forward to continuing his stewardship in Rimouski now that his college graduation is within sight.
Under the stewardship of his two sons, the Yankees are just another rich, big-market organization that doesn’t win.
Historians have since come to see Wilson’s stewardship slightly differently:
Under the tenacious stewardship of its founding artistic director, James Houghton, this troupe has reintroduced New Yorkers to playwrights who threatened to recede into the shadows.
Under his stewardship, the Sixers won 19, 18 and, so far this season, 10 games.
Interesting stewardship model given his new role here.
Their stewardship extends to the surrounding community of Goochland County.
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When stewardship first appeared in English during the Middle Ages, it functioned as a job description, denoting the office of a steward, or manager of a large household. Over the centuries, its range of reference spread to the oversight of law courts, employee unions, college dining halls, Masonic lodges, and many other organizations. In recent years, the long-established "management" sense of stewardship has evolved a positive meaning, “careful and responsible management.” This sense is commonly found nowadays in contexts such as “stewardship of the environment, the family business,” etc. It also occasionally appears as an adjective in phrases such as “stewardship fundraising" (that is, fundraising aimed at building good relationships with donors in order to keep them loyal).
First Known Use of stewardship
STEWARDSHIP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stewardship for English Language Learners
: the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something
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