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Definition of "preside" []

  • To hold the position of authority; act as chairperson or president. (verb-intransitive)
  • To possess or exercise authority or control. (verb-intransitive)
  • Music To be the featured instrumental performer: presided at the keyboard. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "preside" in a sentence
  • "The object of the Royal Commission, over which I have the honour to preside, is to strengthen the foundations and pillars of justice by drawing blueprints for im provement of the laws of Ontario as they express the power of the state in its relation to the individual."
  • "Though she might not have actually used the word preside; it doesn’t sound much like Summer, to be fair."
  • "My exclusive interview with the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, calling preside Bush -- and I'm quoting now -- "a total failure.""