WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
wield /wild/USA pronunciation v. [+ object] to exercise, use, or control:They wielded the power in the government. to use (a weapon, instrument, etc.) effectively; handle:to wield a sword. wield•er, n. [countable]


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

wield /wiːld/ vb (transitive)
  1. to handle or use (a weapon, tool, etc)
  2. to exert or maintain (power or authority)
  3. obsolete to rule
Etymology: Old English wieldan, wealdan; related to Old Norse valda, Old Saxon waldan, German walten, Latin valēre to be strong

ˈwieldable adj ˈwielder n



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