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From Old French president, from Latin praesidēns (presiding over; president, leader) (accusative: praesidentem). The Latin word is the substantivized present active participle of the verb praesideō (preside over). The verb is composed from prae (before) and sedeō (sit). The original meaning of the verb is 'to sit before' in the sense of presiding at a meeting. A secondary meaning of the verb is 'to command, to govern'. So praesidēns means 'the presiding one on a meeting' or 'governor, commander'.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛzɪdənt/
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  • Hyphenation: pre‧si‧dent

Noun edit

president (plural presidents, feminine presidentess)

  1. The head of state of a republic.
    • 1965, Harry S. Truman, 0:20 from the start, in MP2002-401 Former President Truman Discusses "The Buck Stops Here"[1], Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, National Archives Identifier: 595162:
      Well, nobody else can make a decision but me because I was the President and the final decision comes to the President, you know. I used to have a sign on my desk that said, "The Buck Stops Here." The buck stops at the president's desk when he's president of the United States, and he either makes the decisions or he lets them go by default, and you can't afford to do that when you're president.
    • 2007, Benjamin Camins, Hillary Is the Best Choice, Page 144
      [] to change the pattern of the last 220 years of only voting for a white male president, and elect a woman president []
    The vast majority of presidents have been male.
  2. In presidential republics, the head of government and head of state.
  3. Primary leader of a corporation. Not to be confused with CEO, which is a related but separate position that is sometimes held by a different person.
  4. A person presiding over a meeting; a chair, presiding officer, presider.
    • 1803, Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution[2]:
      The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;
      The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, []
  5. Obsolete form of precedent.
    • c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. [] The First Part [], 2nd edition, part 1, London: [] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act II, scene vii:
      The thirſt of raigne and ſweetnes of a crowne,
      That cauſd the eldeſt ſonne of heauenly Ops,
      To thruſt his doting father from his chaire,
      And place himſelfe in the Emperiall heauen,
      Moou’d me to menage armes againſt thy ſtate.
      What better preſident than mightie Ioue?

Synonyms edit

  • (American head of state): POTUS
  • (head of a college or university): provost (UK)
  • (head of various specific bodies): prepositus
  • (informal, jocular): prexy, prez

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president (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Occupying the first rank or chief place; having the highest authority; presiding.

Verb edit

president (third-person singular simple present presidents, present participle presidenting, simple past and past participle presidented)

  1. To act as president; to do presidential duties.

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president m (plural presidents)

  1. president

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president m anim

  1. Alternative spelling of prezident

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Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /preː.ziˈdɛnt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pre‧si‧dent
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

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president m (plural presidenten, diminutive presidentje n)

  1. president

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  • Afrikaans: president
  • Caribbean Javanese: présidhèn
  • Indonesian: presiden
  • Papiamentu: presidènt

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president m (plural presidenc)

  1. president

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president m (plural presidens)

  1. president (leader of an organization)

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Etymology edit

From Latin praesidens.

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: pre‧si‧dent

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president m (definite singular presidenten, indefinite plural presidenter, definite plural presidentene)

  1. a president

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From Latin praesidens.

Noun edit

president m (definite singular presidenten, indefinite plural presidentar, definite plural presidentane)

  1. a president

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president m (plural presidents)

  1. president

Spanish edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Catalan president. Doublet of presidente.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /pɾesiˈden(d)/ [pɾe.siˈð̞ẽn(ð̞)]
  • Rhymes: -en(d)
  • Syllabification: pre‧si‧dent

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president m (plural presidents)

  1. president of Catalonia

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president c

  1. a chairman, presiding member of an assembly, e.g. a court of law
  2. a president, head of state in a republic

Declension edit

Declension of president 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative president presidenten presidenter presidenterna
Genitive presidents presidentens presidenters presidenternas

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