preside

verb

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

intransitive verb

1
: to exercise guidance, direction, or control
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
3
: to occupy a position of featured instrumental performer
usually used with at
presided at the organ
presider noun

Example Sentences

Court is now in session, Justice Raul Fernandez presiding.
Recent Examples on the Web Yet his political future remains in limbo, with four commissioners set to preside over an upcoming hearing as judge and jury — including two who voted to fire him. Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel, 23 Nov. 2022 In May, the queen delegated one of her most important public duties to Charles, asking him to preside over the state opening of Parliament and deliver the annual Queen’s Speech laying out the government’s legislative program. Danica Kirka, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2022 James’ new allegations intensified a legal struggle over the judge who will preside over the case. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2022 The judges who preside over these courtrooms are similar to justices of the peace in other states and are not required to have a law degree. Caleb Bedillion, ProPublica, 7 Oct. 2022 When Liz Truss became prime minister on Tuesday, normally the Queen in London would sort of preside over a kind of handing-over ceremony and that would take place in London. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2022 Chief justices also preside over Senate impeachment trials of the president. Caitlin Mclean, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2022 Judge Amit Mehta, who was appointed to the federal bench in 2014 by President Barack Obama, will preside over the jury trial which is expected to span multiple weeks. Robert Legare, CBS News, 28 Sep. 2022 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will preside over the occasion as Peltola takes the oath of office. Riley Rogerson, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of preside was in 1608

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Cite this Entry

“Preside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preside. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

preside

verb
pre·​side pri-ˈzīd How to pronounce preside (audio)
presided; presiding
1
: to be in the place of authority : act as president, chairperson, or moderator
preside over a meeting
2
: to be in charge

Legal Definition

preside

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