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preside

[pri-zahyd] /prɪˈzaɪd/
verb (used without object), presided, presiding.
1.
to occupy the place of authority or control, as in an assembly or meeting; act as president or chairperson.
2.
to exercise management or control (usually followed by over):
The lawyer presided over the estate.
Origin of preside
1605-1615
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
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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

preside

/prɪˈzaɪd/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to sit in or hold a position of authority, as over a meeting
2.
to exercise authority; control
3.
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
v.

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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