Why was clemency trending last week?


[pri-zahyd] /prɪˈzaɪd/
verb (used without object), presided, presiding.
to occupy the place of authority or control, as in an assembly or meeting; act as president or chairperson.
to exercise management or control (usually followed by over):
The lawyer presided over the estate.
Origin of preside
1605-15; < Latin praesidēre to preside over, literally, sit in front of, equivalent to prae- pre- + -sidēre, combining form of sedēre to sit
Related forms
presider, noun
unpresiding, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for preside
  • The new generation of deans will undoubtedly preside over dramatic changes.
  • When a chaplaincy dies, there is nobody to preside over the funeral.
  • Married couples preside over all but one of the homes.
  • Let our leaders be chosen, not by the composite of their gender, but by their readiness to preside over our great nation.
  • Hill asked a friend, a local judge and retired brigadier general, to preside at the ceremony.
  • But chiefly, in their hearts with grace divine preside.
  • He has been raised to preside over things as a prince.
  • He would preside over the agricultural estate that stood as the cornerstone of all.
  • The odds that a communist regime can continue to preside over a capitalist economy indefinitely are rather slim.
  • To preside in the general, jurisdictional, central, and annual conferences.
British Dictionary definitions for preside


verb (intransitive)
to sit in or hold a position of authority, as over a meeting
to exercise authority; control
to occupy a position as an instrumentalist: he presided at the organ
Derived Forms
presider, noun
Word Origin
C17: via French from Latin praesidēre to superintend, from prae before + sedēre to sit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for preside

1610s, from French présider "preside over, govern" (15c.), from Latin praesidere "stand guard; superintend," literally "sit in front of," from prae "before" (see pre-) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for preside

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for preside

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with preside