- 1Be in the position of authority in a meeting or gathering: Bishop Herbener presided at the meeting (as adjective presiding) the sentence imposed by the presiding judgeMore example sentences
chair, be chairman/chairwoman/chairperson of/at, officiate (at), conduct, lead
- Native Tanzanians preside in all positions in major religions.
- The case will resume on October 7, exactly a year after the home run, with another judge presiding.
- A High Court judge presides in all Central Criminal Court cases, and High Court judges already sit in Limerick three times a year, but only for civil cases.
- 1.1 (preside over) Be in charge of (a place or situation): he presided over a period of great budgetary recklessnessMore example sentences
- What does Rupert Lowe, the club chairman who presides over this delicate situation, make of it all?
- The image we see is of an aloof presidency, presiding over dysfunctional government agencies.
- The World Trade Organisation will preside over a conference of most of the world's countries in Cancun, Mexico, this month.
- 2 (preside at) Play (a musical instrument, especially a keyboard instrument) at a public gathering.More example sentences
- No longer was there a need for the composer to preside at the keyboard.
- He will preside at the piano while the baritone Kenneth Holton handles the vocal chores.
- For many years, David Harris has been like an adopted son around our home and has presided at the piano on many occasions for us.
early 17th century: from French présider, from Latin praesidere, from prae 'before' + sedere 'sit'.