- 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
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Related Words for presiderspokesman, administrator, chairperson, director, leader, chairwoman, monitor, moderator, speaker, president, chair, captain, principal, toastmaster, spokesperson, symposiarch, introducer, presider, prolocutor
Examples from the Web for presider
Historical Examples of presider
Mars was the presider over gladiators, and was the god of all exercises, which have in them a manly or spirited character.Heathen Mythology
- 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
Word Origin for preside
C17: via French from Latin praesidēre to superintend, from prae before + sedēre to sit
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