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 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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At the helm of Turkey since 2003, Mr. Erdogan has presided over the transformation of the country into a regional powerhouse from an economic minnow. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey’s Economic Pain Casts Blow to Erdogan Ahead of Istanbul Rerun," 31 May 2019 On the other side of the barrio, the breathtaking Church of Santa Bárbara presides over Plaza de las Salesas next to the former Salesas Reales Convent. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 Zinke has presided over the largest rollback of federal land protections in US history, approved new development in wilderness areas, and opened up nearly all US coastal waters to offshore drilling. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might face a criminal investigation," 5 Nov. 2018 Miami Herald file photo Lederman has presided over more than an average judge's share of newsworthy cases, some of which still conjure nightmares. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "She struck down gay adoption ban and handled notorious juvenile cases. Now she's retiring.," 3 July 2018 Castelli had presided over a market that was not a free market at all. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 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

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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

verb

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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