verb (used without object), pre·sid·ed, pre·sid·ing.

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 formspre·sid·er, nounun·pre·sid·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for preside

Contemporary Examples of preside

Historical Examples of preside

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

  • 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 (intr)

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
Derived Formspresider, noun

Word Origin for preside

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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