preside over

Definition of preside over

  1. 1 :  to be in charge of something (such as a meeting or organization) The vice president presided over the meeting. The Chief Justice presides over the Supreme Court. He has presided over the company for 15 years.

  2. 2 :  to be in charge of a country, company, etc., during (a particular time or activity) She presided over a period of relative peace and prosperity.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to exercise guidance, direction, or control

    :  to occupy the place of authority :  act as president, chairman, or moderator

    :  to occupy a position similar to that of a president or chairman

  1. :  across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

    :  across the goal line in football

    :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

    : used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

    : used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. :  upper, higher

    :  outer, covering

    :  excessive

  1. :  to leap over

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