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
These contemporaries both presided over an age of revolution, and this important context binds them together.
Other commanders in chief have presided over wars with far higher casualty counts.
The president who hated big government presided over the largest government deficits in history.
He also has a credibility problem of his own, having presided over the board as the subprime exposure grew more toxic.
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