from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To hold the position of authority; act as chairperson or president.
- intransitive v. To possess or exercise authority or control.
- intransitive v. Music To be the featured instrumental performer: presided at the keyboard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To act as president or chairperson.
- v. To exercise authority or control, oversit.
- v. To be a featured solo performer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be set, or to sit, in the place of authority; to occupy the place of president, chairman, moderator, director, etc.; to direct, control, and regulate, as chief officer
- intransitive v. To exercise superintendence; to watch over.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be set over others; have the place of authority, as a chairman or director; direct and control, as a chief officer: usually denoting temporary superintendence and direction: as, to preside over a society; to preside at a public meeting.
- To exercise superintendence and direction; have a guiding or controlling influence: as, the fates preside over man's destiny.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. act as president
French présider, from Old French, from Latin praesidēre : prae-, pre- + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French presider, from Latin praesidere ("to preside"), from pre- ("before") + sedere ("to sit"). (Wiktionary)