Wield meaning

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To exercise (authority or influence) effectively.
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To govern or rule.
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To handle with skill and ease, especially of a weapon or tool.
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Wield is defined as to handle a tool, weapon or power with skill.

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.

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To handle (a weapon or tool, for example) with skill and ease.
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To exercise (authority or influence, for example) effectively.
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To handle and use (a tool or weapon), esp. with skill and control.
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To exercise (power, influence, etc.)
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Origin of wield

  • Middle English welden from Old English wealdan to rule and wieldan to govern wal- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old English wieldan (“to control"), a derivative of wealdan "to govern", from Germanic *walt-. Cognate with German walten, Swedish vÃ¥lla. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian ul (“to put down, lower, abate, submit").
    From Wiktionary