pre·side | \pri-ˈzīd \
presided; presiding

Definition of preside 

intransitive verb

1 : to exercise guidance, direction, or control

2a : 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

3 : to occupy a position of featured instrumental performer usually used with at presided at the organ

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Other Words from preside

presider noun

Examples of preside in a Sentence

Court is now in session, Justice Raul Fernandez presiding.

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Porter was due to preside over the second retrial of Pablo Ibar, accused of a 1994 triple murder in Miramar that sent him to death row for 15 years before his conviction was overturned in 2016. Rafael Olmeda,, "Thirteen Broward judges leaving the bench in 2018," 6 July 2018 The American Jewish Committee had made the service possible, locating Sidney Lefkowitz, an Army corps chaplain, to preside. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Max Fuchs, G.I. Cantor in Historic Battlefield Service, Is Dead at 96," 4 July 2018 The Polish leadership appeared to be trying to sap some of the energy from the protests by allowing Gersdorf to preside over an administrative meeting of judges on Wednesday. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Top Polish judge defies attempts to depose her, amid fears Poland is slipping into authoritarianism," 4 July 2018 In 1921, Representative Alice Mary Robertson, Republican of Oklahoma, became the first woman to preside over a session of the US House of Representatives., "This day in history," 20 June 2018 Tom Daly becomes the fourth person to preside over Herbst’s political coffers during the past 18 months, a period covering Herbst’s transition from an exploratory committee to a candidacy for governor. Neil Vigdor,, "Tim Herbst Brings In New Campaign Manager, Replaces Treasurer Again," 8 June 2018 The governor asked in documents filed late Tuesday that Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. appoint a special judge to preside over the case and that oral arguments scheduled to be heard by Shepherd on Thursday be postponed. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Matt Bevin takes fight with judge in pension case to higher office," 6 June 2018 Rajoy still managed to steer the delayed 2018 budget through parliament last week, apparently clearing a path to preside over two more years of economic growth. Fortune, "Spain's Prime Minister Was Just Ousted, Fueling Even More Uncertainty in Europe," 1 June 2018 The long, crowded staff meetings that Cordray used to preside over have disappeared, staffers say. Devin Leonard,, "Mick Mulvaney Is Having a Blast Running the Agency He Detests," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of preside

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for preside

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

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Phrases Related to preside

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English Language Learners Definition of preside

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


pre·side | \pri-ˈzīd \
presided; presiding

Kids Definition of preside

: to be in charge He presided over the meeting. She will preside over the company.

pre·side | \pri-ˈzīd \
presided; presiding

Legal Definition of preside 

1 : to exercise guidance, direction, or control

2 : to occupy the place of authority : direct or regulate proceedings as chief officer

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