verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to begin or open a meeting.
- to preside at a meeting; act as chairperson.
Origin of chair
Related Words for chairingpreside, oversee, supervise, ordain, administer, govern, chair, officiate, control, organize, run, attend, manage, regulate, direct, keep, handle, operate, order, referee
Examples from the Web for chairing
Contemporary Examples of chairing
To be sure, the presidential role is entirely ceremonial: chairing meetings, shaking hands.The U.N.’s Next President Is a Gay-Hating Friend of Uganda’s Corrupt Dictator
June 3, 2014
Will the image of Ted Cruz chairing a committee or the Affordable Care Act getting gutted make the left show up?Democrats, You Better Get Angry or You’ll Lose Congress
April 23, 2014
But he certainly did occupy at various times some of its key positions, chairing and serving on critical committees.Herman Cain's Aquila Dealings Undercut His Business-Acumen Claims
November 21, 2011
No sooner had he formally opened the meeting, however, than it became clear he was not chairing it unaided.The Man Who Won't Apologize
October 23, 2011
Historical Examples of chairing
The chairing took place on the day following the declaration of the poll.
On the contrary, the women saw nothing absurd in drowning him with flowers and the men in "chairing him."The Lincoln Story Book
Henry L. Williams
Now the gatherings have been deprived of some of their most characteristic features; and even the chairing is almost forgotten.Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland
On the 27th the newly-elected members dined with their supporters at the Norfolk Hotel, and the chairing took place on the 28th.
Its chairing of the bards is an ancient ceremony; its gorsedd of bards is probably modern.A Short History of Wales
Owen M. Edwards
Word Origin for chair
mid-15c., "install in a chair or seat" (implied in chairing), from chair (n.); meaning "preside over" (a meeting, etc.) is attested by 1921. Related: Chaired.
early 13c., chaere, from Old French chaiere "chair, seat, throne" (12c.; Modern French chaire "pulpit, throne;" the more modest sense having gone since 16c. with variant form chaise), from Latin cathedra "seat" (see cathedral).
Figurative sense of "authority" was in Middle English, of bishops and professors. Meaning "office of a professor" (1816) is extended from the seat from which a professor lectures (mid-15c.). Meaning "seat of a person presiding at meeting" is from 1640s. As short for electric chair from 1900.
see musical chairs.