Definition of president in English:



  • 1The elected head of a republican state.

    ‘the Irish president’
    [as title] ‘President Kennedy’
    • ‘I never thought I'd be so well cared for by the president and the Republicans in Congress.’
    • ‘Everyone who says vote Democrat at any price accepts that somehow Democratic presidents have a better record than Republican presidents.’
    • ‘It had a democratically elected president and a Congress just as we do.’
    • ‘The Republican president was eventually forced to resign in disgrace.’
    • ‘Eventually Napoleon III was elected president of the French Republic only to proclaim himself Emperor after a coup in 1851.’
    • ‘It is interesting that it has often been US Republican presidents like Reagan rather than Democrats who have hardened the alliance with Israel.’
    • ‘This country is a democracy, so its president is democratically elected by a popular vote.’
    • ‘There will be a democratically elected president, with a cabinet, and a Prime Minister to oversee the cabinet.’
    • ‘For 50 years after World War II, all of our presidents, Republican and Democrat, wore the uniform.’
    • ‘Meetings between US presidents and Canadian prime ministers have been routine since the late 1930s.’
    • ‘Unlike elected presidents, British prime ministers get where they are by being leader of the largest party in the House of Commons.’
    • ‘In the face of these demands, the president and the prime minister met last Tuesday for the second time to discuss a settlement.’
    • ‘Some 115 million Brazilians go to the polls on 6 October to elect a new president, and various federal and state deputies.’
    • ‘The president names the prime minister following consultation with Parliament.’
    • ‘Once elected, the president will nominate a prime minister who will form a government.’
    • ‘The parliament will elect a president and two vice presidents, who will form a presidential council.’
    • ‘I'll be joined by David Gergen who's advised four presidents, Republican and Democrat, in his distinguished career in public service.’
    • ‘Historically presidents and prime ministers would give inspiring speeches to their nations, psyching them up and uniting them into one determined force to be reckoned with.’
    • ‘Did it frustrate you, this situation in the Middle East, as much as it did the Republican and Democratic presidents of the United States?’
    • ‘For seven years he has sent appeals requesting the help of the president and prime minister but has not even received an acknowledgement.’
    head of state, chief of state, elected head of a country
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    1. 1.1The head of a society, council, or other organization.
      ‘the president of the European Union’
      • ‘It's hard to be interested in winning when your organization - from the president down to the manager - isn't.’
      • ‘The former president of the Transplantation Society is a supporter of Professor Hall's and accepts his explanation.’
      • ‘Ip and Chow are former presidents of the Law Society, a group that is considered more conservative than the Bar Association.’
      • ‘As a former president of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, Forte is well aware of issues facing the sector.’
      • ‘And we'll also have gorillas, crows, dogs, and the new president of the Royal Society of London.’
      • ‘He did his apprenticeship with the then president of the Pharmaceutical Society and managed one of his shops for seven years.’
      • ‘For the second time in less than eight months, the Simon Fraser Student Society has lost its president.’
      • ‘The fourth recipient of an honorary degree was Lord May, president of the Royal Society and a former chief scientific adviser to the Government.’
      • ‘I spoke to all the society presidents as soon as this came up to ensure everyone was aware of the university policy.’
      • ‘Martin Luther King became the first president of the organization.’
      • ‘He was a founder of the Royal Geographical Society and a president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.’
      • ‘Samuel Pepys was the son of a London tailor and a president of the Royal Society.’
      • ‘Royal Society president Lord May of Oxford has said he is ‘alarmed’ at the lack of a clear commitment to science.’
      • ‘The president of the UFO Society of Ireland, Betty Meyler, believes the flying objects are a sign of life on other planets.’
      • ‘Both have served as presidents of local business organizations.’
      • ‘Now, like Isaac Newton, May is president of the Royal Society, Britain's premier scientific organisation.’
      • ‘The president of the Royal Society has told the government that scientific reasoning must be a core part of school education up until the age of 19.’
      • ‘The Park Service ignored a letter of protest signed by the presidents of seven scientific societies on December 16, 2003.’
      • ‘However, if there is a dispute between the Church and State, both sides will have to refer the matter to the president of the Law Society of Ireland.’
      • ‘Lowe is the 15th president of the organization, and will serve as the national chair for the next two years.’
    2. 1.2The head of certain colleges.
      • ‘There once was a time when American college presidents enjoyed the confidence of 61 percent of the public.’
      • ‘The executive director is on a par with the college presidents but does not have an allegiance to a particular campus, thus serving as a neutral party.’
      • ‘A new president of the college, Michael S. Bassis, took office last summer.’
      • ‘Ms. Smith was also supported by her parents and her college president.’
      • ‘Letters over the past year from the staff on the matter have not elicited a response from the college president.’
      • ‘Some scholars are predicting that as many as 70% of all community college presidents will be retiring in the next 10 years.’
      • ‘The responsibilities of technical and community college presidents have been vastly expanded in the last decade.’
      • ‘Twenty-five years ago, college presidents reported spending about one-third of their time in contact with individuals external to the university.’
      • ‘This person assisted the college presidents in alliance administrative matters.’
      • ‘Baker and Upshaw assert that understanding and supporting the college mission is a basic expectation for community college presidents and their leadership teams.’
      • ‘She acknowledges that the classic transition for presidents of liberal arts colleges is to move up to the next rung on the presidential ladder by running a university.’
      • ‘The staff's letters this past year to the president of the college have, like those of the year before, not yielded a response.’
      • ‘Reminders from the staff to the college president during the past twelve months have again gone unanswered.’
      • ‘College presidents mobilize to promote liberal education for all students.’
      • ‘There has been plenty of discussion in the last few years of the need for college presidents to speak out more often and thoughtfully on public issues.’
      • ‘The perceptions of college presidents in the 1970's, consequently, would differ from their perceptions today.’
      • ‘I was encouraged when college presidents, provosts, and professors at about half of the 70 schools I contacted were willing to speak to me.’
      • ‘Quality and accountability continue to be the focus of community college presidents.’
      • ‘It is entirely proper for the president of a college to be concerned with the institution's public image.’
      • ‘These college presidents also worry about the persistence of poverty in many American communities, often in those where campuses are located.’
      head, chief, director, leader, governor, principal, master, chancellor, vice chancellor, dean, rector, warden, provost, captain, figurehead
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    3. 1.3North American The head of a university.
      • ‘It's also easy to overstate the degree to which university presidents ever were opinion leaders.’
      • ‘He will end his trip with a stop in Boston to hold talks with the presidents of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on expanding educational exchanges.’
      • ‘Some nights ago my partner and I had dinner with the president of the University of Southern California and his wife.’
      • ‘If something occurs that they don't like, they're apt to dial the university president directly.’
      • ‘What rules of engagement do university presidents set for their campuses?’
      • ‘A new president of Murray State University, F. King Alexander, took office this past winter.’
      • ‘All too often, the current generation of university presidents fails to share this appreciation.’
      • ‘How many university presidents sit on corporate boards of corporations, especially those with whom their university has entered various partnerships?’
      • ‘Still others take on administrative roles as chairs, deans, or perhaps even university presidents.’
      • ‘The chief executive officer of a university is the president, who is usually appointed by the government.’
      • ‘In March the university announced that the president is retiring from office.’
      • ‘There is also a desire to emulate the corporate world, which is understandable as many presidents of elite universities sit on corporate boards.’
      • ‘That December, however, the university president notified the professor of her intent to dismiss him.’
      • ‘Only 2 percent of all women presidents head major research universities.’
      • ‘This development alarmed the leadership of the science and technology community, including university presidents.’
      • ‘It's fascinating to learn how much your university president makes - or the dean of students for that matter.’
      • ‘Several university presidents chaired committees and, following customary practices, earned an additional fee for this responsibility.’
      • ‘Just over half of the university presidents in our studies led public as opposed to private institutions.’
      • ‘The council endorsed the policy, which was enacted by the university president.’
      • ‘Are public university presidents required, like other government officials, to submit to the review of an ethics commission?’
      head, chief, director, leader, governor, principal, master, chancellor, vice chancellor, dean, rector, warden, provost, captain, figurehead
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    4. 1.4North American The head of a company.
      • ‘Foster was the president of Shaker Title Services, which is now defunct.’
      • ‘Ecuador's state oil company president resigned Tuesday for failing to halt a steady decline in production.’
      chairman, chairwoman
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  • 2Christian Church
    The celebrant at a Eucharist.

    • ‘The report sees the president at the Eucharist as representing both the Body and the Head of the Church.’
    • ‘The challenge cannot be remanded solely to rectors and presidents; it must effectively engage the entire community of believers.’
    • ‘It was important, the president and the clergyman said, that they hear from a representative woman.’
    • ‘The old typology understands the president at the Eucharist not in terms of a bare symbolism, but in terms of a symbolic realism.’


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin praesident- sitting before (see preside).