transitive verb Etymology: Middle English welden to control, from Old English wieldan; akin to Old High German waltan to rule, Latin valēre to be strong, be worth Date: before 12th century 1. chiefly dialect to deal successfully with ; manage 2. to handle (as a tool) especially effectively <
wield a broom
3. a. to exert one's authority by means of <
wield influence
b. have at one's command or disposal <
did not wield appropriate credentials — G. W. Bonham
wielder noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • wield — [wi:ld] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: wieldan] 1.) wield power/influence/authority etc to have a lot of power or influence, and to use it ▪ The Church wields immense power in Ireland. 2.) to hold a weapon or tool that you are going to use ▪ She… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wield — [ wild ] verb transitive 1. ) to hold a weapon or tool and use it: According to witnesses, Ellis entered the bank wielding a shotgun. 2. ) to have and be able to use power or influence: Multinational companies wield enormous financial and… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wield — (v.) O.E. weldan (Mercian), wieldan, wealdan (W.Saxon) to govern, possess, have control over (class VII strong verb; past tense weold, pp. gewealden), merged with weak verb wyldan, both from P.Gmc. *wal t (Cf. O.S., Goth. waldan, O.Fris. walda to …   Etymology dictionary

  • wield — I verb avail oneself of, brandish, carry, command, control, direct, employ, exercise, exert, govern, handle, make use of, manage, manipulate, operate, ply, rule, sway, swing, tractare, use, utilize, work II index brandish, employ (make use of) …   Law dictionary

  • wield — swing, *handle, manipulate, ply Analogous words: *swing, flourish, brandish, shake, wave: control, direct, manage, *conduct: exercise, drill, *practice …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wield — [v] control, use apply, brandish, command, conduct, employ, exercise, exert, flourish, handle, have, have at one’s disposal, hold, maintain, make use of, manage, maneuver, manipulate, operate, ply, possess, put to use, shake, swing, throw,… …   New thesaurus

  • wield — ► VERB 1) hold and use (a weapon or tool). 2) have and be able to use (power or influence). DERIVATIVES wielder noun. ORIGIN Old English, «govern, subdue, direct» …   English terms dictionary

  • wield — [wēld] vt. [ME welden, blend of OE wealdan & wieldan, with form < the latter: akin to Ger walten < IE base * wal , to be strong > L valere, to be strong] 1. to handle and use (a tool or weapon), esp. with skill and control 2. to exercise …   English World dictionary

  • wield — un·wield·i·ly; un·wield·i·ness; wield; wield·er; un·wield·ly; …   English syllables

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