preside

verb pre·side \ pri-ˈzīd \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of preside

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

Examples of preside in a Sentence

  1. Court is now in session, Justice Raul Fernandez presiding.

Recent Examples of preside from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'preside.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of preside

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



PRESIDE Defined for English Language Learners

preside

verb

Definition of preside for English Language Learners

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


PRESIDE Defined for Kids

preside

verb pre·side \ pri-ˈzīd \

Definition of preside for Students

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

Law Dictionary

preside

intransitive verb pre·side \ pri-ˈzīd \

legal Definition of preside

presided; presiding
1 : to exercise guidance, direction, or control
2 : to occupy the place of authority : direct or regulate proceedings as chief officer


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up preside? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to remove or wipe out

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!