preside over

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Well, Marse Tom, she has summoned a court-martial, but the doctor don't think she is well enough to preside over it, and she says there ain't anybody competent but her, because there's a major- general concerned; and so she - she - well, she says, would you preside over it for her?
You see, it won't ever do for me, a brigadier in the regular army, to preside over that infant court-martial - there isn't any precedent for it, don't you see.
Royal Cavalry Commander Brigadier-General Abdulrazak Alshahwarzi said, 'H H Sayyid Fahar bin Fatik al Said will preside over the races for top Arabian and thoroughbred horses.