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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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These exercises were held in the Crystal Palace, and the presiding officer was the late Duke of Westminster, who was said to be, I believe, the richest man in England, if not in the world.
I will go on examining authorities and reporting progress until she is well enough to get me out of this scrape by presiding herself.
In ancient times the power of the kings extended to everything whatsoever, both civil, domestic, and foreign; but in after-times they relinquished some of their privileges, and others the people assumed, so that, in some states, they left their kings only the right of presiding over the sacrifices; and even those whom it were worth while to call by that name had only the right of being commander-in-chief in their foreign wars.
One day, in the sick chamber of Father Ephraim, who had been forty years the presiding elder over the Shaker settlement at Goshen, there was an assemblage of several of the chief men of the sect.
Thus, the presiding Judge had himself revised his charge to the jury.
Zat Arras himself sat in the golden chair of the presiding magistrate.
Anne picked up her orchids and went downstairs, where Aunt Jamesina was presiding over a row of coats hung before the fire to warm.
The budget for the retirement program of the Chief Justice is P2.42 million and P2.2 million for an SC associate justice; P450,000 for the presiding justice and associate justice of the Sandiganbayan; and P650,000 for the CTA presiding justice and associate justice.
SHORTLISTED JUDGESAmong the judges shortlisted are Abida Ali-Aroni, who is currently at Family Division of the High Court, Msagha Mbogholi, the presiding judge of the Civil Division of the High Court and the longest serving judge in the Judiciary.Others are Aggrey Muchelule, the presiding judge of the Family Division, Ngugi Grace Mumbi, who is the presiding judge of the Anti-Corruption Court at Milimani and Weldon Korir, the presiding judge of the Constitutional Court at Milimani.
Dieter Zetsche thanked for almost 13 years of dedicated work on the VDA's Presiding and Managing Boards Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG and member of the VDA's Managing Board since June 2015, has been elected to serve as Vice-president for Manufacturer Group I on the Presiding Board of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
Jayapal took to Twitter to share a clip of Tuesday's session where she can be seen presiding over the House as a temporary speaker.