Definitions of preside

  1. act as president; "preside over companies and corporations" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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
  3. To exercise superintendence; to watch over. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. 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.
  5. Presider. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To direct or control, esp. at a meeting: to superintend. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To govern; direct; superintend. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To sit over others, as a chairman or director; to have the place of authority over others; to direct or control, as a chairman or chief officer. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. To preside over a court is to "hold" it, thelawdictionary.org
  12. pr[=e]-z[=i]d', 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. præsid[=e]re--præ, before, sed[=e]re, to sit.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. Occupy chair of authority at meeting of society or company (often over); sit at head of table; exercise control, sit or reign supreme, (often fig.); p. at the organ, piano, &c. act as organist &c. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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