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verb (used with object)
  1. to exercise (power, authority, influence, etc.), as in ruling or dominating.

  2. to use (a weapon, instrument, etc.) effectively; handle or employ actively.

  1. Archaic. to guide or direct.

  2. Archaic. to govern; manage.

Origin of wield

First recorded before 900; Middle English welden, Old English wieldan “to control,” derivative of wealdan “to rule”; cognate with German walten, Old Norse valda, Gothic waldan; akin to Latin valēre “to be strong, prevail”

Other words for wield

Other words from wield

  • wield·a·ble, adjective
  • wield·er, noun
  • un·wield·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for wield


/ (wiːld) /

  1. to handle or use (a weapon, tool, etc)

  2. to exert or maintain (power or authority)

  1. obsolete to rule

Origin of wield

Old English wieldan, wealdan; related to Old Norse valda, Old Saxon waldan, German walten, Latin valēre to be strong

Derived forms of wield

  • wieldable, adjective
  • wielder, noun

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