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Definition to be in charge; or to head; or to be the chairperson — especially of a formal meeting or ceremony
  • She will preside over the meeting.
preside = be in charge
  • A similar reception was given me in New Orleans, which was presided over by the Mayor of the city.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • presided = headed
  • At a sign from the presiding judge, one of the court officers led her away,
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • presiding = in charge (with highest authority)
  • David's uncle, Halina Wind's brother, Rabbi Leon Wind, presided over the ceremony, and spoke eloquently, with reverence and power.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Clara made breakfast as silently as she had presided over supper.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Gabrielle returned with Mr. Sanders and Mr. Lehman, whom Luke recognized as the silver-haired gentleman who'd presided over the auction.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • He resigned the office of Deputy Mayor at the Free Fair that mid-summer, and dear old Will Whitfoot had another seven years of presiding at Banquets.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • A supper-table, glittering with plate and cut glass, was set out, on whose arrangements our former friend, old Chloe, was presiding.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • My grandmother still lives in the same home in the Bronx, presiding as ever as the family matriarch.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Before being ousted by his cousin Mohammad Daud Khan, Shah had presided, from 1933 to 1973, over Afghanistan's most enduring modern period of peace.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • If it was up to me, I would elope to Vegas and have a fifty-dollar pirate-themed wedding with Elvis presiding.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • On Tuesday afternoon, Neal Beidleman presided over a memorial service at the Mountain Madness encampment.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The king presided, solemn and irritable.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The second contains the lives of the first governors and chief magistrates who presided over the country.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • There'll be a presiding justice and a board of officers acting as the jury.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • The hall was so cold, the presiding officer announced that men could keep their hats on.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • In classic mythology, the sun god who presided over music, poetry, and art; he was the guardian and leader of the Muses.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
    Patrick Henry  --  Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
  • And have not the bank directors a meeting at which it was the Judge's purpose to be present, and his office to preside?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • All is purity and order in this once dreary room, for, fifteen years ago, it was entered by a new presiding spirit.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner

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