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Princeton's WordNet

  1. presideverb

    act as president

    "preside over companies and corporations"


  1. presideverb

    To act as president or chairperson.

  2. presideverb

    To exercise authority or control, oversit.

  3. presideverb

    To be a featured solo performer.

  4. Etymology: From presider, from praesidere, from pre- +.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Presideverb

    To be set over; to have authority over.

    Etymology: from præsideo, Lat. presider, Fr.

    Some o’er the publick magazines preside,
    And some are sent new forage to provide. Dryden.

    O’er the plans
    Of thriving peace, thy thoughtful sires preside. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Presideverb

    to be set, or to sit, in the place of authority; to occupy the place of president, chairman, moderator, director, etc.; to direct, control, and regulate, as chief officer; as, to preside at a public meeting; to preside over the senate

  2. Presideverb

    to exercise superintendence; to watch over

  3. Etymology: [L. praesidere; prae before + sedere to sit: cf. F. prsider. See Sit.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Preside

    prē-zīd′, v.i. to direct or control, esp. at a meeting: to superintend.—ns. Pres′idency, the office of a president, or his dignity, term of office, jurisdiction, or residence: a division of British India, as the Presidency of Bengal; Pres′ident, one who presides over a meeting: a chairman: the chief officer of a college, institution, &c.: an officer elected from time to time, as chief ruler of a republic—also adj. (Milt.).—n.fem. Pres′identess.—adj. Presiden′tial, presiding over: pertaining to a president.—n. Pres′identship.—Lord President, the presiding judge of the Court of Session in Scotland; Lord President of the Council, a member of the House of Lords who presides over the privy council, with especial charge of education, sanitation, &c. [Fr. présider—L. præsidērepræ, before, sedēre, to sit.]

Editors Contribution

  1. preside

    To use official authority.

    She did preside using the spirit of unity, teamwork and social morality as the head of government with pure respect.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preside in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preside in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of preside in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Leahy:

    I consider holding the office of the president pro tempore and the responsibilities that come with it to be one of the highest honors and most serious responsibilities of my career, when I preside over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, I will not waver from my constitutional and sworn obligations to administer the trial with fairness, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws.

  2. Rand Paul:

    When you look at impeaching the president, the Constitution has some very specific requirements. It says when the president is impeached, the chief justice shall preside, and to me, this is one of the shocking things. When we showed up and we found out that yes, Chuck Schumer had called Justice Roberts -- and this hasn't been reported widely, but he did -- and Justice Roberts said heck, no, I'm not going to cross the street because you're not impeaching the president.

  3. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards:

    The admitted and repeated use of racial slurs by a judge who has taken an oath to administer justice fairly and impartially is wrong, period. There is never any circumstance or context in which such derogatory and degrading language is okay, sadly, inequities still exist in society and in our judicial system. District Judge Jessie LeBlanc has compromised District Judge Jessie LeBlanc ability to preside as a judge, and District Judge Jessie LeBlanc has damaged the judiciary. District Judge Jessie LeBlanc should resign. The people of the 23rd Judicial District and our state deserve better.

  4. Fox News:

    If you preside over record crime, voters are going to vote for change.

  5. President Biden:

    I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Republicans . Democrats, i will not pass this responsibility to a fifth.

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