- 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(figurative) His administration presided over one of the worst economic declines in the country's history (= he was in power when the decline happened).
NAmE//prɪˈzaɪd//[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they preside
he / she / it presides
past simple presided
-ing form presiding