[ pri-zahyd ]
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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.

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, noun
  • un·pre·sid·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use preside in a sentence

  • And your precious Josip Pekic, your expediter, has removed him from his position as supreme presider of agriculture in Bosnatia.

    Expediter | Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Mars was the presider over gladiators, and was the god of all exercises, which have in them a manly or spirited character.

British Dictionary definitions for preside


/ (prɪˈzaɪd) /

  1. to sit in or hold a position of authority, as over a meeting

  2. to exercise authority; control

  1. to occupy a position as an instrumentalist: he presided at the organ

Origin of preside

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

Derived forms of preside

  • presider, noun

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