wield

[ weeld ]
/ wild /

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.

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

Related forms

wield·a·ble, adjectivewield·er, nounun·wield·a·ble, adjective

Can be confused

weald wield
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British Dictionary definitions for wielding

wield

/ (wiːld) /

verb (tr)

to handle or use (a weapon, tool, etc)
to exert or maintain (power or authority)
obsolete to rule

Derived Forms

wieldable, adjectivewielder, noun

Word Origin for wield

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