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 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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When Moulton argued that Pelosi and her leadership team, almost entirely men, had run the party into the ground and presided over historic losses, he was dismissed as sexist and ageist. Kevin Cullen,, "After Seth Moulton drops out of race, he has no regrets," 23 Aug. 2019 His memo is just the start of his work as presiding judge, a tenure that can last several years. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Courts increase privacy warnings in child-welfare cases, following Republic report," 22 Aug. 2019 The judge presiding over the high-profile case raised the specter of contempt findings on Tuesday. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Unprecedented insight into how earthquakes start, via new research," 21 Aug. 2019 Kala Kachmar, @NewsQuip The judge presiding over an Indiana trial involving a man accused of raping, murdering and eating parts of his ex-girlfriend's body decided Thursday to grant the defense's motion for a mistrial. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "Judge grants mistrial in case of accused cannibal Joseph Oberhansley," 21 Aug. 2019 South Korea's presidential office said national security adviser Chung Eui-yong presided over an emergency National Security Council meeting and Moon was briefed on the launches. Kim Tong-hyung, Anchorage Daily News, "North Korea fires more projectiles as it rules out talks with South Korea," 16 Aug. 2019 In 1997, President Bill Clinton was coming off a convincing reelection effort and presiding over a booming economy. Kunal Sindhu, Quartz, "The US is on the verge of a devastating, but avoidable doctor shortage," 30 July 2019 Series hosts Art Arya and Pangina Heals will preside over the judging panel as the competition narrows. Joey Nolfi,, "Watch a queen set herself on fire when Drag Race Thailand makes U.S. debut," 9 Aug. 2019 The big question is whether Singaporeans accept that the PAP cannot preside over breakneck growth forever. The Economist, "Even Singapore’s ruling party struggles to plan for everything," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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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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concealment of treason or felony

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