Verb · A primitive root

A primitive root; to tend a flock; i.e. pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend):—× break, companion, keep company with, devour, eat up, evil entreat, feed, use as a friend, make friendship with, herdman, keep (sheep) (-er), pastor, shearing house, shepherd, wander, waste.


  1. to pasture, tend, graze, feed
    1. (Qal)
      1. to tend, pasture
        1. to shepherd
        2. of ruler, teacher (fig)
        3. of people as flock (fig)
        4. shepherd, herdsman (subst)
      2. to feed, graze
        1. of cows, sheep etc (literal)
        2. of idolater, Israel as flock (fig)
    2. (Hiphil) shepherd, shepherdess
  2. to associate with, be a friend of (meaning probable)
    1. (Qal) to associate with
    2. (Hithpael) to be companions
  3. (Piel) to be a special friend

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