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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wield, exert, maintainverb

    have and exercise

    "wield power and authority"

  2. wield, handle, manageverb

    handle effectively

    "The burglar wielded an axe"; "The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well"


  1. wieldverb

    To command, rule over; to possess or own.

  2. wieldverb

    To control, to guide or manage.

  3. wieldverb

    To handle with skill and ease, especially of a weapon or tool.

  4. wieldverb

    To exercise (authority or influence) effectively.

  5. Etymology: From wieldan, a derivative of wealdan "to govern", from *walt-. Cognate with German walten, Swedish vålla.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To WIELDverb

    To use with full command, as a thing not too heavy for the holder.

    Etymology: wealdan , Saxon; to manage in the hand.

    Base Hungarian wight, wilt thou the spigot wield. William Shakespeare.

    His looks are full of peaceful majesty,
    His head by nature fram’d to wear a crown,
    His hand to wield a scepter, and himself
    Likely in time to bless a regal throne. William Shakespeare.

    There is that hand bolden’d to blood and war,
    That must the sword in wond’rous actions wield. Daniel.

    They are in the dark before they are aware; and then they make a noise only with terms; which, like too heavy weapons that they cannot wield, carry their strokes beyond their aim. Kenelm Digby, on Bodies.

    The least of whom could wield
    These elements, and arm him with the force
    Of all their regions. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed. John Milton.

    If Rome’s great senate could not wield that sword,
    Which of the conquer’d world had made them lord;
    What hope had ours, while yet their pow’r was new,
    To rule victorious armies, but by you? Edmund Waller.

    He worthiest, after him, his sword to wield,
    Or wear his armour, or sustain his shield. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wieldverb

    to govern; to rule; to keep, or have in charge; also, to possess

  2. Wieldverb

    to direct or regulate by influence or authority; to manage; to control; to sway

  3. Wieldverb

    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

  4. Etymology: [OE. welden to govern, to have power over, to possess, AS. geweldan, gewyldan, from wealdan; akin to OS. waldan, OFries. walda, G. walten, OHG. waltan, Icel. valda, Sw. vlla to occasion, to cause, Dan. volde, Goth. waldan to govern, rule, L. valere to be strong. Cf. Herald, Valiant.]


  1. Wield

    Wield is a civil parish in Hampshire, England, within the district of East Hampshire. It includes two neighbouring villages, Upper Wield and Lower Wield. The parish council meets quarterly at the parish hall in Upper Wield. Wield as a civil parish is separate from the church parish. The parish church, dedicated to St James, is also in Upper Wield. It is mainly Norman, and is a Grade I listed building.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wield

    wēld, v.t. to use with full command: to manage: to use.—adj. Wiel′dable, capable of being wielded.—ns. Wiel′der; Wiel′diness.—adjs. Wield′less (Spens.), not capable of being wielded, unmanageable; Wiel′dy, capable of being wielded: manageable: dexterous, active.—Wield the sceptre, to have supreme command or control. [A.S. geweldanwealdan; Goth. waldan, Ger. walten.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. wield

    To use with full command or power, as a thing not heavy for the holder; to manage; to handle; as, to wield a sword.

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  1. wiled

  2. Wilde

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wield in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wield in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of wield in a Sentence

  1. Maria Cardona:

    She has an opportunity to wield tremendous power and influence. That can't be overstated. I have seen firsthand how audiences respond to her, big and small, she is going to be a tremendous asset.

  2. Donald Trump:

    When the people who control the political power in our society can rig investigations like [Clinton’s] investigation was rigged, can rig polls -- you see these phony polls -- and rig the media, they can wield absolute power over your life, your economy and your country and benefit big time by it.

  3. Maxine Waters:

    I have serious concerns with Facebook's plans to create a digital currency and digital wallet, if Facebook's plan comes into fruition, the company and its partners will wield immense economic power that could destabilize currencies and governments.

  4. Lew Rockwell:

    If something is wrong for you or me, it is also wrong for the cop, the soldier, the mayor, the governor, the general, the Fed chairman, the president. Theft does not become acceptable when they call it taxation, counterfeiting when they call it monetary policy, kidnapping when they call it the draft, mass murder when they call it foreign policy. We understand that it is never acceptable to wield violence nor the threat of violence against the innocent, whether by the mugger or the politician.

  5. Raghuram Selvaraju:

    Ian's main concern is to get lower taxes for Pfizer through an inversion. He would rather be able to say he pulled this tax inversion off, and now I'm going to let Brent crack the whip and wield the axe.

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