verb have and exercise
- wield power and authority
verb handle effectively
- The burglar wielded an axe
- The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well
Wield transitive verb
to govern, to have power over, to possess, AS. geweldan
, from wealdan
; akin to OS. waldan
, OFries. walda
, G. walten
, OHG. waltan
, Icel. valda
, Sw. vålla
to occasion, to cause, Dan. volde
, Goth. waldan
to govern, rule, L. valere
to be strong. Cf. Herald
imperfect & past participle Wielded; present participle & verbal noun Wielding
- To govern; to rule; to keep, or have in charge; also, to possess. Obs.
When a strong armed man keepeth his house, all things that he wieldeth ben in peace.
Wyclif (Luke xi. 21).
Wile [ne will] ye wield gold neither silver ne money in your girdles.
Wyclif (Matt. x. 9.)
- To direct or regulate by influence or authority; to manage; to control; to sway.
The famous orators . . . whose resistless eloquence
Wielded at will that fierce democraty.
Her newborn power was wielded from the first by unprincipled and ambitions men.
- To use with full command or power, as a thing not too heavy for the holder; to manage; to handle; hence, to use or employ; as, to wield a sword; to wield the scepter.
Base Hungarian wight! wilt thou the spigot wield!
Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed.
Nothing but the influence of a civilized power could induce a savage to wield a spade.
S. S. Smith.
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