wield

[weeld]
verb (used with object)
1.
to exercise (power, authority, influence, etc.), as in ruling or dominating.
2.
to use (a weapon, instrument, etc.) effectively; handle or employ actively.
3.
Archaic. to guide or direct.
4.
Archaic. to govern; manage.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English welden, Old English wieldan to control, derivative of wealdan to rule; cognate with German walten, Old Norse valda, Gothic waldan; akin to Latin valēre to be strong, prevail

wieldable, adjective
wielder, noun
unwieldable, adjective

weald, wield.


1. exert, employ, utilize. 2. manipulate, control.
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wield (wiːld)
 
vb
1.  to handle or use (a weapon, tool, etc)
2.  to exert or maintain (power or authority)
3.  obsolete to rule
 
[Old English wieldan, wealdan; related to Old Norse valda, Old Saxon waldan, German walten, Latin valēre to be strong]
 
'wieldable
 
adj
 
'wielder
 
n

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wield
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 govern, rule," O.N. valda "to rule, wield, to cause,"
O.H.G. waltan, Ger. walten "to rule, govern"), probably from PIE *waldh- (cf. O.C.S. vlado "to rule," vlasti "power;" Lith. veldu "to rule, possess"), from base *wal- "to be strong, to rule" (see valiant).
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Example sentences
It's a great way for far left environmentalists to wield power and exert a measure of control over business, though.
Winfrey will be chairman and wield editorial control.
The trustee is still perceived to wield that control despite the trust relationship and may influence bank personnel.
But police officers now commonly wield the futuristic weapons.
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