An example of preside is for a judge to have control over a courtroom.
intransitive verb-·sid′ed, -·sid′ing
- to be in the position of authority in an assembly; serve as chairman
- to have or exercise control or authority: usually with over
- to perform as the featured instrumentalist
Origin of presideFrench présider from Classical Latin praesidere, to preside over, protect from prae-, pre- + sedere, to sit
intransitive verbpre·sid·ed, pre·sid·ing, pre·sides
- To hold the position of authority; act as chairperson or president: presided over the department for a year.
- To possess or exercise authority or control: preside at a meeting.
- Music To be the featured instrumental performer: presided at the keyboard.
Origin of presideFrench présider from Old French from Latin praesidēre prae- pre- sedēre to sit ; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present presides, present participle presiding, simple past and past participle presided)