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 atpresided 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 President Trump will preside over a White House signing ceremony Tuesday in which Israel will establish formal ties with two Arab states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in what Trump calls the flowering of his Middle East peace plan. Anne Gearan, Washington Post, "Trump to preside over signing ceremony between Israel and Arab states at the White House," 15 Sep. 2020 Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Mark Milley will preside over the ceremony beginning at 8:45 a.m. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Today, we remember," 11 Sep. 2020 The first judge to preside over the case recused himself early on. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton loses bid to remove fourth judge from fraud case," 21 Aug. 2020 Host Keke Palmer will preside over the proceedings—which start at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 30—with Drew Barrymore, Bella Hadid, Jaden Smith, Kelly Clarkson and other stars slated to present awards. Emma Specter, Vogue, "How to Watch The 2020 MTV VMAs," 30 Aug. 2020 Judge Michael Toomin, who appointed Webb as special prosecutor, is slated to preside over a hearing on whether to release the document publicly. Jason Meisner,, "Judge to consider releasing full report on handling of Smollett case by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx," 28 Aug. 2020 Then, lawmakers in the Ohio Senate would preside over a trial. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Conservative lawmakers want to impeach Gov. Mike DeWine over COVID-19 response," 24 Aug. 2020 Montgomery County District Court Judge Monet Gaines will preside. Mike Cason |, al, "Hearing in Alabama lawmaker’s theft case set for Sept. 3," 21 Aug. 2020 Wisconsin has also joined a multistate lawsuit against the postal service about mail slowdowns, and on Friday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin will preside over a Senate committee hearing with DeJoy and other officials. Oren Oppenheim, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mark Pocan leads call from House Dems to oust postmaster general Louis DeJoy over mail delays," 19 Aug. 2020

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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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25 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Preside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of preside

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


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.
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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