- 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
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Mars was the presider over gladiators, and was the god of all exercises, which have in them a manly or spirited character.Heathen Mythology
- to sit in or hold a position of authority, as over a meeting
- to exercise authority; control
- to occupy a position as an instrumentalisthe presided at the organ
C17: via French from Latin praesidēre to superintend, from prae before + sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for presider
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