Definition of wield
1 chiefly dialectal : to deal successfully with : manage
2 : to handle (as a tool) especially effectively <wield a broom>
3a : to exert one's authority by means of <wield influence>b : to have at one's command or disposal <did not wield appropriate credentials — G. W. Bonham>
Examples of wield in a sentence
The man was wielding a gun.
Can he wield a hammer?
He wields a great deal of influence over his students.
Origin and Etymology 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
WIELD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wield for English Language Learners
: 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.)
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