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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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  • No, sir, you won the game for us, and you've got to preside at the dinner!

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • Later he was to become a Spiritualist and preside at table-tipping seances.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And it's yourself as Deputy-Governor will preside over that same court-martial.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • The Sanitary Commission I preside over is not in favour with the populace.

  • No one in particular, and I'm willing you should preside if you want to, Martin.

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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