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[pri-zahyd] /prɪˈzaɪd/
verb (used without object), presided, presiding.
to occupy the place of authority or control, as in an assembly or meeting; act as president or chairperson.
to exercise management or control (usually followed by over):
The lawyer presided over the estate.
Origin of preside
1605-15; < Latin praesidēre to preside over, literally, sit in front of, equivalent to prae- pre- + -sidēre, combining form of sedēre to sit1
Related forms
presider, noun
unpresiding, adjective Unabridged
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  • He has some very important meetings he is to preside at coming off soon, and here he is, hung up.

    In the Mountains Elizabeth von Arnim
  • It is exactly the opposite to the American position; in which the president does not preside at all.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • In spite of sects and theological speculators, as long as Islam lasts, his spirit will continue to preside over its destinies.

  • He had believed her to be planning to preside in the Mountain Avenue mansion.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • Gentlemen:—I regard it as a very great honor to be called upon to preside over the work of this Association for the coming year.

British Dictionary definitions for preside


verb (intransitive)
to sit in or hold a position of authority, as over a meeting
to exercise authority; control
to occupy a position as an instrumentalist: he presided at the organ
Derived Forms
presider, noun
Word Origin
C17: via French from Latin praesidēre to superintend, from prae before + sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for preside

1610s, from French présider "preside over, govern" (15c.), from Latin praesidere "stand guard; superintend," literally "sit in front of," from prae "before" (see pre-) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary).

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