1. A Christian minister or priest having spiritual charge over a congregation or other group.
2. A layperson having spiritual charge over a person or group.
3. Archaic A shepherd.
tr.v. pas·tored, pas·tor·ing, pas·tors
To serve or act as pastor of.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pāstor, shepherd; see pā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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