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wield

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verb \ˈwēld\

Simple Definition of wield

  • : to hold (something, such as a tool or weapon) in your hands so that you are ready to use it

  • : to have and use (power, influence, etc.)

Full Definition of wield

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 chiefly dialect :  to deal successfully with :  manage

  3. 2 :  to handle (as a tool) especially effectively <wield a broom>

  4. 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>

wield·er noun

Examples of wield

  1. The man was wielding a gun.

  2. Can he wield a hammer?

  3. He wields a great deal of influence over his students.



Origin of wield

Middle English welden to control, from Old English wieldan; akin to Old High German waltan to rule, Latin valēre to be strong, be worth


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with wield



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