wield

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verb \ ˈwēld \

Definition of wield

transitive verb
1 chiefly dialectal :to deal successfully with :manage
2 :to handle (something, such as a tool) especially effectively
  • wield a broom
3 a :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

wielder

noun

Examples of wield in a Sentence

  1. The man was wielding a gun.

  2. Can he wield a hammer?

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

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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

wield Synonyms

Synonyms
apply, exercise, ply, put out, exert
Related Words
employ, use, utilize; abuse, misapply, misuse

WIELD Defined for English Language Learners

wield

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verb

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.)


WIELD Defined for Kids

wield

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verb \ ˈwēld \

Definition of wield for Students

wielded; wielding
1 :to use (as a tool) in an effective way
  • The knights wielded swords.
2 :2exercise 1
  • The banker wields great influence.


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