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
The fracture of Oroville Dam’s main flood-control spillway created a near-catastrophe, spawned multiple investigations and left lawmakers and locals grumbling about the state’s stewardship of the structure.
Instead, after six years of Kenny's steady stewardship, the focus has been on the stark change of style likely to follow the election of a minister known as a straight talker.
That was only the latest in a continuing stream of decisions by Trump and his top deputies to turn aside our nation's place as a beacon of progress, stability, and global stewardship.
Vanguard Group is considering voting for the proposal, Glenn Booraem, the firm's investment stewardship officer, said Thursday.
Vanguard Group is considering voting for the proposal, Glenn Booraem, the firm’s investment stewardship officer, said in an email Thursday.
Antibiotic-resistant infections are spreading between healthcare facilities, even those that are practicing infection control and antibiotic stewardship.
Mr. Suarez and other business leaders fear that the provision would undermine economic development in the state by holding projects to an unreasonable — and unattainable — level of environmental stewardship.
He was known for his advocacy of the development of Prince William County and for his steady-handed stewardship of state finances.
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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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