verb (used without object), pre·sid·ed, pre·sid·ing.
Origin of preside
Examples from the Web for preside
Recall how Clinton returned to Arkansas from the campaign trail to preside over the execution of a mentally disabled man.
The convention only gains legitimacy when Washington agrees to not only attend it, but preside over it.
Héctor's older brothers Arturo and Alfredo were men with the right temperament to preside over a multinational crime syndicate.
They are happy to preside over a system where unions are political organizations first and economic ones second.The Conservative Case for Unions After the Harris v. Quinn Decision|James Poulos|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The village houses are done up in pale gray and mauve and preside over lawns so neat and green they look like carpeting.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town|E. Jean Carroll|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Let us begin by establishing well the method that must preside over these investigations.Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good|Victor Cousin
The trifle sent comes from a higher source; and the august hand so dear to both of us, deigned to preside over the arrangement.Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry|Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
She made the tea and coffee morning and evening, and did every thing but preside at the table.
Judge of our esteem for you by the preciousness of the body over which we are thus calling you to preside.'The Letters of Cassiodorus|Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
The director-general retained the right to preside at meetings.The Colonization of North America|Herbert Eugene Bolton
British Dictionary definitions for preside
Word Origin for preside
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).