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
After presiding over years of technological innovations, the inventor himself
  still prefers the simplicity of a slide rule.
For them, marriage is the paramount goal and the presiding wish.
The presiding judge chided the police for planting the cellmate and dismissed
  the evidence as not credible.
But many executives have been paid a fortune for presiding over mediocrity.
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