verb (used with object)
Origin of wield
Examples from the Web for wield
But the last national figure to wield ancient personal authority in an explicitly religious way was Robert F. Kennedy.
They are elites, in short, even though they make less money and wield less power than others of that designation.How Maurice Tomlinson Was Outed in Jamaica—and Forced Into Exile|Jay Michaelson|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Few sore losers could wield sharp words quite like Leon Trotsky, especially when talking about Joseph Stalin.
Women have been trying to wield Internet shame against men for years now to little avail.Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve|Samantha Allen|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I might have more power than you, but if you wield it more effectively you might exercise more influence in certain settings.
I stuck to the whipping, and only left off when I was too tired to wield the rod any more.Lines in Pleasant Places|William Senior
Through its control of resources, transport and the like, the world producers' federation will wield an immense power.The Next Step|Scott Nearing
In the opinion of another excellent officer he seemed utterly, absurdly incompetent to wield a large army.The War With Mexico, Volume I (of 2)|Justin H. Smith
The mass of glass was also very heavy for the blower to wield.The Story of Glass|Sara Ware Bassett
He has put the sword into my hand, and I will wield it for His glory.Henry VIII And His Court|Louise Muhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for wield
Word Origin for wield
Word Origin and History for wield
Old English weldan (Mercian), wieldan, wealdan (West Saxon) "to govern, possess, have control over" (class VII strong verb; past tense weold, past participle gewealden), merged with weak verb wyldan, both from Proto-Germanic *wal-t- (cf. Old Saxon and Gothic waldan, Old Frisian walda "to govern, rule," Old Norse valda "to rule, wield, to cause," Old High German waltan, German walten "to rule, govern").
The Germanic words probably are from PIE *waldh- (cf. Old Church Slavonic vlado "to rule," vlasti "power;" Lithuanian veldu "to rule, possess"), from root *wal- "to be strong, to rule" (see valiant).