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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·side v. i. [imp. & p. p. Presided; p. pr. & vb. n. Presiding.]
 1. To be set, or to sit, in the place of authority; to occupy the place of president, chairman, moderator, director, etc.; to direct, control, and regulate, as chief officer; as, to preside at a public meeting; to preside over the senate.
 2. To exercise superintendence; to watch over.
    Some o'er the public magazines preside.   --Dryden.