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preside

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verb pre·side \pri-ˈzīd\

Simple Definition of preside

  • : to be in charge of something (such as a trial)

Full Definition of preside

pre·sid·edpre·sid·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to exercise guidance, direction, or control

  3. 2 a :  to occupy the place of authority :  act as president, chairman, or moderator b :  to occupy a position similar to that of a president or chairman

  4. 3 :  to occupy a position of featured instrumental performer —usually used with at <presided at the organ>

pre·sid·er noun

Examples of preside

  1. Court is now in session, Justice Raul Fernandez presiding.



Origin of preside

Latin praesidēre to guard, preside over, from prae- + sedēre to sit — more at sit


First Known Use: 1608




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