Wield Definition

wielded, wielding, wields
wielded, wielding, wields
To handle and use (a tool or weapon), esp. with skill and control.
Webster's New World
To exercise (power, influence, etc.)
Webster's New World
To govern or rule.
Webster's New World

Origin of Wield

  • 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

  • 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

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