Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To hold the position of authority; act as chairperson or president.
  • intransitive v. To possess or exercise authority or control.
  • intransitive v. Music To be the featured instrumental performer: presided at the keyboard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To act as president or chairperson.
  • v. To exercise authority or control, oversit.
  • v. To be a featured solo performer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be set, or to sit, in the place of authority; to occupy the place of president, chairman, moderator, director, etc.; to direct, control, and regulate, as chief officer
  • intransitive v. To exercise superintendence; to watch over.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be set over others; have the place of authority, as a chairman or director; direct and control, as a chief officer: usually denoting temporary superintendence and direction: as, to preside over a society; to preside at a public meeting.
  • To exercise superintendence and direction; have a guiding or controlling influence: as, the fates preside over man's destiny.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act as president

Etymologies

French présider, from Old French, from Latin praesidēre : prae-, pre- + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French presider, from Latin praesidere ("to preside"), from pre- ("before") + sedere ("to sit"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The object of the Royal Commission, over which I have the honour to preside, is to strengthen the foundations and pillars of justice by drawing blueprints for im provement of the laws of Ontario as they express the power of the state in its relation to the individual.

    The State and the Individual

  • Though she might not have actually used the word preside; it doesn’t sound much like Summer, to be fair.

    Confetti Confidential

  • My exclusive interview with the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, calling preside Bush -- and I'm quoting now -- "a total failure."

    CNN Transcript Jul 18, 2008

  • How many Dade County judges (UM Law grads) now "preside" over Jerry Springer-style daytime "courtroom" shows?

    Discourse.net: Shortest Day Not Very Short

  • Examples are zilu 'who presides' to zil- 'preside', zilaχnu 'who has occupied the presidency, president' to zilaχ 'presidency, magistracy' and lupu 'who dies, is dead, dead man' to lup- 'die'.

    Etruscan grammatical sketch almost works

  • On the other hand, isn't that "preside" "preside" approach what Alberto Gonzales thought the Attorney General was supposed to do for the DOJ?

    Obama "is not a messiah and does not act or speak like one. He's a traditionalist in many ways."

  • Neapolis, [1358] which is near Zarbus, [1359] and Eulogius, and Sobelus the presbyter, be sent to us, that we be not destitute of such as preside over the divine word as Moses also says, "Let the Lord God look out a man who shall guide this people, and the congregation of the Lord shall not be as sheep which have no shepherd."

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • The effect may be considerable, as male drinkers do undoubtedly take a delight in the pleasant looks and bright talk of the young ladies who, as the French say, "preside" at these establishments.

    Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 1, January 1886

  • I kind of preside over and am looked up to by these people.

    An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith

  • If one of Emily's sick headaches came on, it would be Susan's duty to care for her tenderly, and to read to her in a clear, low, restful voice when she was recovering; to write her notes, to keep her vases filled with flowers, to "preside" at the tea-table, efficient, unobtrusive, and indispensable.

    Saturday's Child

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