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preside

[pri-zahyd]
verb (used without object), pre·sid·ed, pre·sid·ing.
  1. to occupy the place of authority or control, as in an assembly or meeting; act as president or chairperson.
  2. to exercise management or control (usually followed by over): The lawyer presided over the estate.
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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
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Related Words

overseesuperviseordainadministergovernchairofficiatecontrolheadhandleleadmanagedirectkeepconductrunadviseoperate

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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

preside

verb (intr)
  1. to sit in or hold a position of authority, as over a meeting
  2. to exercise authority; control
  3. to occupy a position as an instrumentalisthe presided at the organ
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Derived Formspresider, 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

preside

v.

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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