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Definition of herd verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    herd

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[transitive] herd something to make animals move together as a group a shepherd herding his flock
  3. Word Origin Old English heord, of Germanic origin; related to German Herde.Idioms
    like herding cats (informal)
     
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    used to describe a very difficult task, especially one that involves organizing people Managing a political party is a lot like herding cats.
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