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preside at something

to manage or act as chair at a meeting or a ceremony. The mayor presided at the meeting, assuring that the speeches would be very short. She presided at the ceremony.
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preside over something

to be in control of the order and procedures of a meeting or ceremony. The vice president will have to preside over the next meeting. I will be glad to preside over the discussion.
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preside over

To have or exercise authority over something or someone; be in charge of something or someone: The vice president presided over the committee meeting because the president was absent.
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215(b)(10), which governs the training requirements for judges qualified to preside over death penalty cases.
A) The chief judge shall not assign a judge to preside over a capital case in which the state is seeking the death penalty, or collateral proceedings brought by a death row inmate, until that judge has become qualified to do so by:
A 1789 Act of Congress required Supreme Court Justices to preside twice a year over circuit courts scattered throughout the country.
It follows that the Senate may not, consistent with the "President of the Senate" clause, effectively deprive its president of the power to preside by making his rulings impotent or by vesting a superior power to preside in some other officer, or in a committee, or in the body as a whole.
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White, 57, works in the Superior Court's North Valley District in Newhall, where he routinely presides over arraignments, pleas, sentencings, motions, preliminary hearings and probation violations in criminal cases.
On the special 3000th show, Judge Wapner presides over a case involving a hockey jersey to determine if it was game-worn by NHL great Andy Moog.
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In the aftermath of the Simpson trial, which ended in October with acquittals, Ito has left his familiar, secured ninth-floor courtroom and presides over a regular court calendar, from simple drug possession to simple murder.