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wield

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verb (used with object)

to exercise (power, authority, influence, etc.), as in ruling or dominating.
to use (a weapon, instrument, etc.) effectively; handle or employ actively.
Archaic. to guide or direct.
Archaic. to govern; manage.

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Origin of wield

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
wield·a·ble, adjectivewielder, nounun·wield·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wield

wield
/ (wiːld) /

verb (tr)

to handle or use (a weapon, tool, etc)
to exert or maintain (power or authority)
obsolete to rule
wieldable, adjectivewielder, noun
Old English wieldan, wealdan; related to Old Norse valda, Old Saxon waldan, German walten, Latin valēre to be strong
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