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preside

[ pri-zahyd ]
/ prɪˈzaɪd /
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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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM preside

pre·sid·er, nounun·pre·sid·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for preside

preside
/ (prɪˈzaɪd) /

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 forms of preside

presider, noun

Word Origin for preside

C17: via French from Latin praesidēre to superintend, from prae before + sedēre to sit
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