Definition of president in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprez(ə)dənt/
Pronunciation: /ˈprezəˌdent/


1The elected head of a republican state: the Irish president [as title]: President Kennedy
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  • It had a democratically elected president and a Congress just as we do.
  • I never thought I'd be so well cared for by the president and the Republicans in Congress.
  • Everyone who says vote Democrat at any price accepts that somehow Democratic presidents have a better record than Republican presidents.
head of state, chief executive, premier, prime minister
1.1The head of a society, council, or other organization: the president of the European Community
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  • It's hard to be interested in winning when your organization - from the president down to the manager - isn't.
  • Samuel Pepys was the son of a London tailor and a president of the Royal Society.
  • And we'll also have gorillas, crows, dogs, and the new president of the Royal Society of London.
1.2North American The head of a college or university.
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  • A new president of Murray State University, F. King Alexander, took office this past winter.
  • Only 2 percent of all women presidents head major research universities.
  • The chief executive officer of a university is the president, who is usually appointed by the government.
head, chief, director, leader, governor, principal, master
informal prez
1.3North American The head of a company.
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  • Foster was the president of Shaker Title Services, which is now defunct.
  • Ecuador's state oil company president resigned Tuesday for failing to halt a steady decline in production.
chairman, chairwoman, chief executive (officer), CEO;
owner, managing director
2 Christian Church The celebrant at a Eucharist.
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  • The old typology understands the president at the Eucharist not in terms of a bare symbolism, but in terms of a symbolic realism.
  • It was important, the president and the clergyman said, that they hear from a representative woman.
  • The challenge cannot be remanded solely to rectors and presidents; it must effectively engage the entire community of believers.



Pronunciation: /ˈprez(ə)dəntˌSHip/ Pronunciation: /ˈprezədntˌSHip/ Pronunciation: /ˈprezəˌdentˌSHip/
( archaic)
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  • After the shame of Gujarat, which has tarnished India's image as a secular, tolerant country, his presidentship is likely to send a positive message to the world.
  • A meeting of all these committees was held in a marriage palace, 3 km from here, under the presidentship of Mr Ahir.
  • The university's Urdu department organised many large seminars during his presidentship.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin praesident- 'sitting before' (see preside).

Words that rhyme with president


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Syllabification: pres·i·dent

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