pre·side | \pri-ˈzīd \
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.

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Lozano, 76, served for 30 years in Hammond’s federal court, presiding over cases ranging from public corruption to gang charges. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hammond federal judge Rudy Lozano, 76, dies," 13 July 2018 Internment services will be held at All Faiths Memorial Park, 1390 Park Drive, Casselberry, Florida at 1:30 PM with Pastor Ken Stutts presiding. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/12," 12 July 2018 What makes this all so galling, and perhaps not only to Michigan graduates like me, is that Trump has presided over a comprehensive assault on intellectual standards in public life. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "‘Populist’ Trump Turns Up Nose at Public University Graduates," 9 July 2018 In the article, the key example of formal cooperation is actually imposing a death sentence (as a judge might when presiding over a criminal trial). Mark Tushnet, Vox, "Is it anti-Catholic to ask a Supreme Court nominee how her religion affects her decisions?," 5 July 2018 The Turkey over which Mr Erdogan now presides remains bitterly divided. The Economist, "Erdogan inaugurates a new political era in Turkey," 28 June 2018 Stan takes up prime real estate, presiding over the grand escalator that also features terrific views of downtown Dallas. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The 'summer of the dinosaur' continues with new exhibit at the Perot Museum," 28 June 2018 The review and approval of credit card charges is made by the city’s Finance Department, over which Beard presided. Dan Klepal, ajc, "Former Atlanta CFO repays $10k Paris hotel bill after AJC stories," 27 June 2018 If all goes according to plan, Cain hopes to be presiding over a Summer of Love in Milwaukee. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When Lorenzo Cain and the Brewers put their hands up in celebration, they're just looking for a little love," 14 June 2018

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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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Phrases Related to preside

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The first known use of preside was in 1608

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English Language Learners Definition of preside

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


pre·side | \pri-ˈzīd \
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 \
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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