- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move or make somebody/something move in a particular direction + adv./prep. We all herded on to the bus. herd somebody/something + adv./prep. They were herded together into trucks and driven away.
- 2[transitive] herd something to make animals move together as a group a shepherd herding his flock Word Origin Old English heord, of Germanic origin; related to German Herde.Idioms used to describe a very difficult task, especially one that involves organizing people Managing a political party is a lot like herding cats.
BrE BrE//hɜːd//; NAmE NAmE//hɜːrd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they herd
BrE BrE//hɜːd//; NAmE NAmE//hɜːrd//he / she / it herds
BrE BrE//hɜːdz//; NAmE NAmE//hɜːrdz//past simple herded
BrE BrE//ˈhɜːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrdɪd//past participle herded
BrE BrE//ˈhɜːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrdɪd//-ing form herding
BrE BrE//ˈhɜːdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrdɪŋ//