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[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
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Examples from the web for presiding
  • 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.
  • Left-leaning commentators criticise the government for presiding over rising poverty and inequality.
  • He has achieved little since, presiding over a spread of narco-corruption by which he seems blithely unperturbed.
  • There were tears and eulogies and even a presiding minister.
  • Indeed, the couple soon found themselves presiding over a multimillion-dollar business.
  • He likes to dangle one leg over the arm of a chair while presiding over weekly executive sessions.
  • The judge presiding over the case became ill and could no longer and had to be replaced.
British Dictionary definitions for presiding


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
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Word Origin and History for presiding



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).

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