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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.


  1. wield

    The Western Institute for Endangered Language Documentation, or WIELD, is a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the documentation, preservation, revitalization, and revival of fragmented languages, especially the Native American languages of western North America. It was founded in 2013 by four linguists: Uldis Balodis, who has since published a grammar of the Yuki language, Jessica Kirchner, whose doctoral work had included engagement with the Kʷak̓ʷala language, Timothy Henry-Rodriguez, who had written a pedagogical grammar of Ventureño Chumash for his dissertation, and Neil Alexander Walker, who has since published a grammar of the Southern Pomo language. These four founding board members are symbolized on the WIELD corporate seal via phonetic symbols drawn from the four aforementioned languages studied by each scholar.Since its founding, WIELD has overseen several projects. In 2014, a WIELD board member located the last fluent speaker of the Wappo language, and he and another board member made two trips to make audio recordings of Wappo before the speaker died. At around the same time, WIELD entered into an agreement with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) in which WIELD taught Southern Pomo language classes to heritage students in the CIMCC's facilities.Additional long-term projects by WIELD have included support for archival work on the extinct Northeastern Pomo language and the creation of a Purisimeño Chumash dictionary. WIELD has created a careful standard for Americanist Phonetic Notation, which is a system in more common use for North American languages than is the International Phonetic Alphabet. WIELD has also innovated a Twitter-based model for hosting and archiving presentations for international workshops on fragmented languages.


  1. wield

    To wield means to hold and use a tool, weapon, power, or a degree of influence effectively, demonstrating control or mastery over it. Wield sometimes implies authority or proficiency in the usage of the item or influence being held.

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. Wilde

  2. wiled

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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. 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.

  2. Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie:

    The in and out campaigns are really about unilateralism versus internationalism. Most businesses support the EU and internationalism, for Britain to wield the economic political and diplomatic capital it has historically enjoyed, we must vote to Remain.

  3. Mahatma Gandhi:

    Had we adopted non-violence as the weapon of the strong, because we realised that it was more effective than any other weapon, in fact the mightiest force in the world, we would have made use of its full potency and not have discarded it as soon as the fight against the British was over or we were in a position to wield conventional weapons. But as I have already said, we adopted it out of our helplessness. If we had the atom bomb, we would have used it against the British.

  4. Daniel Kelemen:

    Their goal now is to wield influence within The EU while picking up The EU money to run their regimes with The EU.

  5. James Victore:

    Graphic design is a big fucking club with spikes in it, and I want to wield it.

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