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Definitionto be in charge; or to head; or to be the chairperson — especially of a formal meeting or ceremony
- Beside him sat his wife, all silvery chinchilla and violets; and on the far side of the ribbon, Lawrence Lefferts's sleekly brushed head seemed to mount guard over the invisible deity of "Good Form" who presided at the ceremony.Chapter 19 (24% in)
- She said "reading the newspaper" in the tone in which a Minister's wife might have said: "Presiding at a Cabinet meeting"—not from any arrogance of mind, but because the habit of a life-time, and the attitude of her friends and relations, had led her to consider Mr. van der Luyden's least gesture as having an almost sacerdotal importance.Chapter 7 (28% in)
There are no more uses of "preside" in The Age of Innocence.
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