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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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  • They said, the gentleman who presided, was a Sir Borlase Warren, the admiral on the station.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • “Queens of Beauty” presided at these contests of knightly skill and daring.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • The sixteen States over which Washington presided had swelled to eighteen.

    The Nation in a Nutshell George Makepeace Towle
  • There he left the affair, nor ever spoke again of Malpas and the siren who presided there.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • The women who presided there did manage to fix up things once a year.

British Dictionary definitions for presided


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 presided



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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