(third-person singular simple present walds, present participle walding, simple past and past participle walded)
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”).
From Middle English wald, iwald, from Old English ġeweald (“might, power, possession, control, command, dominion, bridle, protection, subjection, groin, pudenda”), from Proto-Germanic *waldą (“might, power, main”), from Proto-Indo-European *waldʰ- (“to be strong, be powerful, prevail, possess”). Cognate with German Gewalt (“force, power, control, violence”), Swedish våld (“force, violence”).