preside at

preside at (something)

To exercise authority or control at some meeting, ceremony, or other event. Janet was elected to preside at the board meeting while Tom was absent. They asked me if I wanted to preside at the graduation ceremony, but I declined.
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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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References in classic literature ?
His sisters were anxious for his having an estate of his own; but, though he was now only established as a tenant, Miss Bingley was by no means unwilling to preside at his table-- nor was Mrs.
The denomination allows pastors to preside at same-sex blessing ceremonies as long as they are not treated as marriage rites.
The primatial vicar could preside at consecrations of bishops, would be accountable to the presiding bishop and would report to an advisory panel.
To preside at a funeral with six adult coffins and one child's coffin lined up in front of you is a pretty sobering event.