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

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 Francis was to preside over a liturgy of the word service there late Tuesday and bless the waters. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 Morgan was welcomed to preside over the Las Vegas Raiders by team owner and managing general partner Mark Davis at a press conference on Thursday. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 8 July 2022 On Friday, he is expected to return to the city to preside over the inauguration of John Lee, a former policeman and bureaucrat, as Hong Kong’s new leader. WSJ, 30 June 2022 Despite extreme pressure, Jacob testified, Pence never once wavered in fulfilling his obligation to preside over the Senate to certify the election. James Pindell,, 16 June 2022 On Saturday, the 68-year-old made his first local public appearance since the announcement to preside over a multi-ethnic mass. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022 Now, the victor of the secret ballot vote in Parliament will preside over a shaky unity government that will pave the way for fresh elections. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Julianne Moore will preside over the main jury of the Venice Film Festival’s upcoming 79th edition. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 15 July 2022 Keillor, now 79, will preside on the streaming which comes direct from the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2022 See More

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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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“Preside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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.


intransitive verb
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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