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Definitions of preside

  1. To be set over for the exercise of authority; to direct, control, or govern; to exercise superintendence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To direct or control; act as head; to direct the proceedings of a meeting. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To direct or control, esp. at a meeting: to superintend. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To govern; direct; superintend. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To sit in authority over others; act as head or ruler. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To exercise superintendence; to watch over. Newage Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for preside

  1. Who was chosen to preside – School History of North Carolina by John W. Moore
  2. Some time after his nomination to the Consulate for life, anxious to perform a sovereign act, he went for the first time to preside at the Senate. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
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