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Definition of preside verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they preside
    he / she / it presides
    past simple presided
    -ing form presiding
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  1. 1to lead or be in charge of a meeting, ceremony, etc. the presiding judge preside at/over something They asked if I would preside at the committee meeting.
  2. 2(figurative) His administration presided over one of the worst economic declines in the country's history (= he was in power when the decline happened).
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