Wald definitions

(UK dialectal, intransitive) To govern; inherit.
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(UK dialectal) Power; strength.
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(UK dialectal) Command; control; possession.
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Origin of wald

From Middle English walden, from Old English wealdan (“to rule, control, determine, direct, command, govern, possess, wield, exercise, cause, bring about”), from Proto-Germanic *waldaną (“to rix, reign”), from Proto-Indo-European *waldʰ- (“to be strong, be powerful, prevail, possess”). Cognate with German walten (“to prevail, reign, dominate”), Danish volde (“to cause”), Icelandic valda (“to cause”), Lithuanian valda (“land property”), Lithuanian valdyti (“to rule”).