Definition of wield
1 chiefly dialectal : to deal successfully with : manage
2 : to handle (something, such as a tool) especially effectively wield a broom
3a : to exert one's authority by means of wield influenceb : 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.
Recent Examples of wield from the Web
Witnesses reported that at least one man jumped out of the van wielding a large knife and ran into the nearby Borough Market, a popular spot for pubs and restaurants on the southern side of the Thames.
Gun-rights advocates including the National Rifle Association wield considerable political clout in Kentucky.
Years later, one of the cartoonists survived an assault at his home by an ax-wielding man.
Wielding the lasso, then, Wonder Woman was a warrior who was also an investigator.
The presidents of the three African nations all wield considerable power, and their absence has stoked investor uncertainty and stirred talk about succession.
Bold and beautiful, yet saddled by teenage angst and other trappings of a misfit high school girl with super strength and a supernatural calling, Sarah Michelle Gellar as stake-wielding Buffy not only saved the world — a lot —
In 1994, an American skater named Nancy Kerrigan was whacked on the thigh with a baton wielded by Shane Stant, a thug hired in part by Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of Kerrigan's fiercest domestic competitor, Tonya Harding.
Rule #1: Do not engage a massive bear to a battle royale while only wielding a bow and arrow.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th century
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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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