Definition of president in English:


Line breaks: presi|dent
Pronunciation: /ˈprɛzɪd(ə)nt


  • 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 of state, elected head of a country
  • 1.1The head of a society, council, or other organization: the president of the European Union
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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.
  • 1.2The head of certain colleges.
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    • Baker and Upshaw assert that understanding and supporting the college mission is a basic expectation for community college presidents and their leadership teams.
    • This person assisted the college presidents in alliance administrative matters.
    • The executive director is on a par with the college presidents but does not have an allegiance to a particular campus, thus serving as a neutral party.
  • 1.3North American The head of a 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.
  • 1.4North 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; managing director, MD, chief executive (officer), CEO, 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: /-ˈdɛnʃ(ə)l/
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  • The series of television debates in the American presidential elections has seen ratings soar.
  • French presidential campaigning, even with passions running so high, lacks frenzy.
  • The ground has therefore been laid for a presidential approach, but war presents new challenges.


Pronunciation: /-ˈdɛnʃ(ə)li/
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  • He gets plenty of media coverage anyway, standing on runways looking presidential, delivering presidential speeches in various impressive fora, presidentially signing bills into law.
  • I've overseen over 150 presidentially declared disasters.
  • And he presented himself very presidentially in that first debate, and the president had the worst debate of his life.


noun ( • 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).

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