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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
wield /wild/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to exercise, use, or control:They wielded the power in the government.
  2. to use (a weapon, instrument, etc.) effectively; handle:to wield a sword.
wield•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
wield  (wēld), 
  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;
Etymology:bef. 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
wielda•ble, adj. 
wielder, n. 
1 . exert, employ, utilize. 2 . manipulate, control.

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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