preside

verb
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 atpresided 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Among South Carolina’s neighbors, Georgia, for instance, doesn’t allow its magistrates to preside over jury trials. Joseph Cranney, ProPublica, "These Judges Can Have Less Training Than Barbers but Still Decide Thousands of Cases Each Year," 27 Nov. 2019 Internally, there were shakeups, and Variety's insiders credit New Line executive Walter Hamada, tapped to preside over DC Films in 2018, with righting the ship and emphasizing coherent, to-the-point storytelling in new DC entries. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What Does the Future Hold for the DC Film Universe?," 26 Nov. 2019 The chief justice, who will have to preside over a Trump trial if the House drafts and votes to pass articles of impeachment, likes to give the impression that law and politics are separate, insisting the judiciary is a nonpartisan body. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "SCOTUS is weighing two Trump tax cases with implications for the impeachment inquiry," 23 Nov. 2019 Despite the Kalamazoo diocese’s intervention with the Vatican on Browning’s behalf, the priest has continued to preside at celebrations and make public appearances over the past eight years, as shown in online videos. Mitch Weiss, The Denver Post, "Victims, reports say boards to review church abuse flawed," 21 Nov. 2019 Despite the Kalamazoo diocese’s intervention with the Vatican on Browning’s behalf, the priest has continued to preside at celebrations and make public appearances over the past eight years, as shown in online videos. Washington Post, "AP: Catholic Church boards reviewing sex abuse fail victims," 21 Nov. 2019 More from Bob Egelko She has been assigned to preside over a jury trial to determine whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. caused the Tubbs Fire, which killed two dozen people and destroyed 5,600 structures in the Santa Rosa area in 2017. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "SF Judge Teri Jackson in line to achieve second judicial milestone," 20 Nov. 2019 Pelosi spoke to reporters before the floor vote, which she is expected to preside over — a rare move for the House speaker. NBC News, "Pelosi defends resolution's rules, responding to GOP complaints they're not fair to Trump," 1 Nov. 2019 As a group, the trio of resident judges are poised to preside over all challenges, visit the Werk Room for contestant discussions, and introduce various twists. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Brooke Lynn Hytes makes history as permanent Canada's Drag Race judge," 26 Sep. 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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The first known use of preside was in 1608

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Preside.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/presides. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for preside

preside

verb
How to pronounce preside (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of preside

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

preside

verb
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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