Preside is defined as to have control or authority.(verb)
An example of preside is for a judge to have control over a courtroom.
See preside in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr présider < L praesidere, to preside over, protect < prae-, pre- + sedere, to sit
See preside in American Heritage Dictionary 4
intransitive verb pre·sid·ed, pre·sid·ing, pre·sides
Origin: French présider
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin praesidēre
Origin: : prae-, pre-
Origin: + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
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