pre·side /pri-'zīd/ vi pre·sid·ed, pre·sid·ing1: to exercise guidance, direction, or control2: to occupy the place of authority: direct or regulate proceedings as chief officer
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
act as chairman, act as president, administer, administrate, assume command, be at the head of, be in authority, be in charge, be in the chair, be the chairman, chair, command, control, direct, exercise supervision, govern, guide, have authority over, have control, head, hold a position of authority, hold authority, hold sway, hold the chair, keep order, lead, manage, occupy the chair, officiate, overlook, oversee, pilot, praesidere, regulate, reign, rule, steer, superintend, supervise, sway, take care of, take charge, take over, wield authority
associated concepts: preside over a hearing, preside over court, presiding justice, presiding officer
direct (supervise), manage, officiate, overlook (superintend)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v.To hold the position of authority in a gathering or meeting; to be in charge of something; to sit in authority over a court.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.