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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Current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei presides over a country that still fiercely resists U.S. pressure, but is far more fractious than in the years following the 1979 revolution. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "As Iran Marks Its Anniversary, Economic Woes Cloud a Pitch for Unity," 10 Feb. 2019 Son Levi now presides over a menu whose other highlights include pork ribs and stellar sides; try the Jambalaya Texana (Tex-Cajun rice dish) and Austin baked beans. Houston Chronicle, "Houston's favorite barbecue joints," 10 May 2018 Judge Ortiz no longer presides over cases in the building where her husband will face trial. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "A Miami judge failed to report free luxury hotel stays. And she's facing a punishment | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 In an impeachment trial, the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice presides and the 100 Senators serve as jurors. Time, "Kansas Man Gets Life Sentence for Shooting Immigrant in Bar After Yelling 'Get Out of My Country!'," 4 May 2018 Brexit war cabinet | U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May today presides over a meeting of 10 top ministers to hash out the next steps in the divorce from the European Union., "Bloomberg," 2 May 2018 Cash, as Roche once did, presides over a volunteer board. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Richmond Heights council wants a quieter summer at Desan Park; zipline business interested in Greenwood Farm," 2 May 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping, on a six-day visit to Europe, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte presided over the signing ceremony in Rome. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Italy Signs Up to China’s Global Infrastructure Plan Despite U.S. Ire," 23 Mar. 2019 Executive chef Josh Feathers, a native of East Tennessee who has fished the region’s streams and hunted its deer, presides over the main lodge’s Three Sisters restaurant, where the menu and setting skew a bit more formal. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 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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