- An example of to wield is to use a hammer and nails to hang up dozens of pictures.
- An example of to wield is for a ruler to use his power to create peace in the land.
- to handle and use (a tool or weapon), esp. with skill and control
- to exercise (power, influence, etc.)
- Obs. to govern or rule
Origin of wieldMiddle English welden, blend of Old English wealdan and amp; wieldan, with form ; from the latter: akin to German walten ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wal-, to be strong from source Classical Latin valere, to be strong
transitive verbwield·ed, wield·ing, wields
- To handle (a weapon or tool, for example) with skill and ease.
- To exercise (authority or influence, for example) effectively. See Synonyms at handle.
Origin of wieldMiddle English welden, from Old English wealdan, to rule, and wieldan, to govern; see wal- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wields, present participle wielding, simple past and past participle wielded)