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.

1605–15; < Latin praesidēre to preside over, literally, sit in front of, equivalent to prae- pre- + -sidēre, combining form of sedēre to sit

presider, noun
unpresiding, adjective Unabridged
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preside (prɪˈzaɪd)
1.  to sit in or hold a position of authority, as over a meeting
2.  to exercise authority; control
3.  to occupy a position as an instrumentalist: he presided at the organ
[C17: via French from Latin praesidēre to superintend, from prae before + sedēre to sit]

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Word Origin & History

1611, from Fr. présider "preside over, govern" (15c.), from L. præsidere "stand guard, superintend," lit. "sit in front of," from præ- "before" + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary).
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Example sentences
The new generation of deans will undoubtedly preside over dramatic changes.
When a chaplaincy dies, there is nobody to preside over the funeral.
To preside in the general, jurisdictional, central, and annual conferences.
Married couples preside over all but one of the homes.
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