verb (used with object)
- wie geht's,
- wieland, christoph martin,
- wien, wilhelm,
- wiener neustadt
Origin of wield
Examples from the Web for wielded
At its height in the 1920s, Terry noted, the Klan wielded real political influence, boasting a membership upwards of four million.The Klan’s Call to Violence in Ferguson Blows the Lid Off Its Hypocritical Rebrand|Caitlin Dickson|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The KGB wielded their secret power through five dark decades until the end of the Cold War in 1991.
He never abused his power, he says, and he wielded it not for personal gain but to help inmates.Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’|Jimmy So|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rubin and the Anti-Defamation League have wielded it against the Center for American Progress.
But despite the influence he wielded in his lifetime, Ingersoll today has been all but forgotten.
Italian despots gained their power by violence and wielded it with craft.Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series|John Addington Symonds
The face of the man who wielded it was hard with firm resolve.The Mad King|Edgar Rice Burroughs
And Jefferson wielded his verbal cat-o'-nine-tails on Washington's order to put the rebellion down by armed forces.The Life of John Marshall (Volume 2 of 4)|Albert J. Beveridge
Scotty held the cat firmly on a chair while Rick wielded the saw.The Egyptian Cat Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
Perhaps Job, who was neither talkative nor under the spell of a lady's eyes, wielded the best knife and fork of the three.The Black Buccaneer|Stephen W. Meader
Word Origin 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).