preside

verb
pre·​side | \ pri-ˈzīd How to pronounce preside (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Mikati, a billionaire who served previously as caretaker prime minister in 2005 and 2011, heads a cabinet that will preside over an economic depression which the World Bank considers one of the world's worst since the mid-19th century. Becky Anderson, Zeena Saifi And Mostafa Salem, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 The mayor shall preside over all meetings of the council but shall not have a vote on the council. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021 Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a billionaire who has already twice served as premier, will lead a cabinet of ministers that will preside over an economic depression which the World Bank considers one of the world's worst since the mid-19th century. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 The coalition's votes will first have to hold together to name a new parliament speaker, who would then preside over a vote required to confirm the new government. NBC News, 3 June 2021 Now the question is whether the group's votes will hold together in order to name a new parliament speaker, who would then preside over a vote required to confirm the new government. Laurie Kellman, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 There are also eight bosses, called Visionaries, who preside over the island and are likewise not fond of your desire to break the time loop. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 November is Remembrance Month in Britain, when everyone wears a red paper poppy on their lapel and the royals, led by the queen, preside over ceremonies to honor Britain's war dead. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2021 The justices of the peace who preside over hearings are trained in eviction law but do not have to be attorneys. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2021

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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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The first known use of preside was in 1608

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26 Sep 2021

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“Preside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preside. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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preside

verb

English Language Learners Definition of preside

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

preside

verb
pre·​side | \ pri-ˈzīd How to pronounce preside (audio) \
presided; presiding

Kids Definition of preside

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

preside

intransitive verb
pre·​side | \ pri-ˈzīd How to pronounce preside (audio) \
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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