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intr.v. pre·sid·ed, pre·sid·ing, pre·sides
1. To hold the position of authority; act as chairperson or president: presided over the department for a year.
2. To possess or exercise authority or control: preside at a meeting.
3. Music To be the featured instrumental performer: presided at the keyboard.

[French présider, from Old French, from Latin praesidēre : prae-, pre- + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·sid′er n.
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As Senate President, Sotto also clarified that he was just a 'presider' in the sessions, and not 'superior' with his colleagues.
C e mardi 16 Octobre est une date a marquer d'une pierre blanche dans le long combat que mene le peuple palestinien pour le recouvrement de ses droits car c'est par 146 voix pour, 15 abstentions et 3 contre que, ce jour-la, l'Assemblee generale de l'ONU a approuve une resolution qui permettra a la Palestine de presider, en 2019, une coalition promouvant les interets economiques et politiques du groupe dit des [beaucoup moins que]77[beaucoup plus grand que] comprenant les pays en voie de developpement.
In The Musical Workplace, presider Nancy Jordan Fako and panelists Elaine Braun, Ellie Jenkins, Leelanee Sterrett, Denise Try on, and Carolyn Wahl each presented thoughts on their past experiences in different musical workplaces, and how things have evolved over the past 50 years in terms of respect, treatment, and gender issues.
Like many a presider and our sisters and brothers in the assembly, I too have struggled with trying to prayerfully get through the "contentious and clunky" 2010 translation.
Le bureau local du CGEA, qui regroupe une douzaine de membres, a finalement designe l'entrepreneur Abderrahmane Attoui pour presider le comite.
The set includes an altar, ambo, credence table, presider's chair, and tabernacle.
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, chairman of the CBCP - ECM will serve as presider and homilist during the liturgy and mission sending on May 21 at 10:45 a.m.
SM le Roi, Amir Al-Mouminine, avait preside, jeudi, a la mosquee "Mohammed VI" la sixieme causerie religieuse de la serie des causeries hassaniennes du mois sacre de Ramadan, avant de presider dans la soiree a la meme mosquee une veillee religieuse en commemoration de Laylat Al-Qadr.