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shepherd

[shep-erd] /ˈʃɛp ərd/
noun
1.
a person who herds, tends, and guards sheep.
2.
a person who protects, guides, or watches over a person or group of people.
3.
a member of the clergy.
4.
the Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
5.
verb (used with object)
6.
to tend or guard as a shepherd:
to shepherd the flock.
7.
to watch over carefully.
Origin of shepherd
1050
before 1050; Middle English shepherde, Old English scēphyrde. See sheep, herd2
Related forms
shepherdless, adjective
shepherdlike, adjective
undershepherd, noun
unshepherded, adjective
unshepherding, adjective
Synonyms
2. protector, guardian, defender, keeper.
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  • Dahlia shepherded us to a quiet corner of the lounge and we all sat down.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • And all the while Beasley, with consummate skill, shepherded them to his own ends.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • He shepherded the sheep towards pastures new, to the blast of trumpet and the beat of drum.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • It was there that the flock was accustomed to graze, shepherded by the wise dog, Jock.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • The rest wait unintelligently on Providence in a row against the wall on the same side, shepherded by the bluejackets.

    Captain Brassbound's Conversion George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for shepherded

Shepherd

noun
1.
(astronomy) a small moon of (e.g.) Saturn orbiting close to the rings and partly responsible for ring stability

shepherd

/ˈʃɛpəd/
noun
1.
a person employed to tend sheep Female equivalent shepherdess, related adjectives bucolic pastoral
2.
a person, such as a clergyman, who watches over or guides a group of people
verb (transitive)
3.
to guide or watch over in the manner of a shepherd
4.
(Australian rules football) to prevent opponents from tackling (a member of one's own team) by blocking their path
Word Origin
from Old English sceaphirde. See sheep, herd²
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Word Origin and History for shepherded

shepherd

n.

Old English sceaphierde, from sceap "sheep" (see sheep) + hierde "herder," from heord "a herd" (see herd (n.)). Cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schaphirde, Middle High German schafhirte, German dialectal Schafhirt. Shepherds customarily were buried with a tuft of wool in hand, to prove on Doomsday their occupation and be excused for often missing Sunday church. Shepherd's pie is recorded from 1877.

v.

1790, "to herd sheep," from shepherd (n.). The metaphoric sense of "watch over or guide" is first recorded 1820. Related: Shepherded; shepherding.

shepherd

v.

1790, "to herd sheep," from shepherd (n.). The metaphoric sense of "watch over or guide" is first recorded 1820. Related: Shepherded; shepherding.

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